As a golf comedy, it could’ve easily paled in comparison to other golf-related comedy classics like Caddyshack, but luckily, its absurdist sense of humor, lovable characters, hilarious slapstick gags, and above all, its warm heart made it stand out as a classic in its own right. It's also one of the most quotable comedies ever made, with a memorable line in every scene. So, here are the 10 Funniest Quotes From Happy Gilmore.
10 "You can trouble me for a warm glass of shut-the-hell-up."
“Now, you will go to sleep or I will put you to sleep. Check out the name tag. You’re in my world now, Grandma.”
Ben Stiller played the nursing home orderly Hal in Happy Gilmore long before he was a movie star. He was uncredited for his appearance, but he was so memorable in the small role that it ended up being one of his best-known characters, even today when he has so many leading roles under his belt.
9 “If I saw myself in clothes like that, I’d have to kick my own ass.”
Adam Sandler has a way of making angry, violent characters funny and affable in his movies, especially in his early work from the ‘90s. For all intents and purposes, the Billy Madison character is a dangerous, deranged man with the mind of a child who shouldn’t be around children, but Sandler makes him lovable.
The Happy Gilmore character is the same. He gets into all kinds of savage fights on the golf course and his temper costs him a lot of opportunities, but Sandler makes him lovable.
8 8.“Yeah, right, and Grizzly Adams had a beard.”
“Grizzly Adams did have a beard.”
Happy Gilmore features cameo appearances by a bunch of celebrities. One of those celebrities was Lee Trevino, who has long been considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. He has this great line, where he points out how Shooter McGavin’s sarcastic joke doesn’t make sense. As Trevino points out, in not as many words, McGavin is actually agreeing with Happy when he says, “And Grizzly Adams had a beard,” because Grizzly Adams did have a beard.
7 “It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips.”
Despite being one of the most formidable action movie stars of the 1980s, Carl Weathers has carved a niche in absurdist comedy in the past couple of decades. He played himself as a cheapskate obsessed with stew in Arrested Development and he played Happy’s coach Chubbs in this movie, who was missing a hand that was bitten off by an alligator.
As many viewers noticed upon rewatching the movie, the hand belonged to the same arm that Weathers had ripped off by the titular alien in Predator, so there’s another layer to the joke beyond the obvious slapstick.
6 "Why don’t you just go home? That’s your home!"
“Are you too good for your home? Answer me!”
In the years since Caddyshack was released and became a comedy classic, a bunch of movies have tried to find the humor in golf. They all learned the wrong lesson from Caddyshack. There is no humor in golf; you can use golf as a subject, but the humor has to come from somewhere else. Happy Gilmore found that humor in bringing a hockey attitude to the game of golf. That’s exemplified better than ever in this scene where Happy yells at the ball as it stops right next to the hole.
5 “Just stay out of my way or you’ll pay. Listen to what I say.”
“Hey, why don’t I just go and eat some hay? I can lay by the bay. Make things out of clay. I just may. What’d ya say?”
No matter what Shooter McGavin says, Happy Gilmore always has the perfect comeback. And it’s not the generic comeback or the obvious comeback or an insult that takes a cheap shot. He thinks outside the box, like he does here. McGavin tries to threaten Happy and it unintentionally ends up rhyming, so Happy continues the limerick until McGavin is humiliated away.
4 "Oh, yeah. Lotta pressure. You gotta rise above it."
"You gotta harness in the good energy, block out the bad.Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. Feel the flow, Happy. Feel it. It’s circular. It’s like a carousel."
This is a classic example of the kind of useless advice people give you when you’re under a lot of pressure. They give you this empty, abstract advice that ultimately means absolutely nothing. The character who explains the carousel of positive energy to Happy is played hilariously by Kevin Nealon, who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live at the same time as Adam Sandler and has appeared in a lot of his movies.
3 “I eat pieces of s*** like you for breakfast!”
“You eat pieces of s*** for breakfast?”
This quote is so iconic that Kanye West, who is known for referencing movies in his lyrics, included it in the lyrics for his religiously-themed song “Jesus Walks.” It’s one of the most famous and quotable comebacks in the history of comedy movies.
What helps elevate the line to legendary status is the fact that Shooter McGavin is a brilliant villain. He’s the kind of character you love to hate, which makes him the perfect villain for a lighthearted comedy movie – you don’t truly despise him enough to distract from the laughs, but you hate him enough to root for Happy.
2 "Damned alligator just popped up, cut me down on my prime."
“He got me, but I tore one of that b*****d’s eyes out, though. Look at that.”
One of the most hilarious supporting characters in Happy Gilmore is Carl Weathers’ Chubbs, the coach who trains the title character to imbue accuracy into his powerful swing. Weathers delivers this monologue about how he lost his hand perfectly, and the prop of the jar containing the alligator’s plucked-out eye provides the perfect visual punchline. Happy even gets the chance to fight the one-eyed alligator that mutilated his friend at one point in the movie.
1 “The price is wrong, b****!”
There’s a lot about the golf world that Happy Gilmore makes fun of, including celebrity golf tours that pair professional golfers with other celebrities. The Price is Right host Bob Barker’s appearance in the movie is one of the funniest and most memorable cameos in film history. As usual, Happy’s temper gets the best of him and he gets into a fight with Barker, but as it turns out, the iconic game show host is a master martial artist, so he unexpectedly kicks Happy’s ass. The fight scene won an MTV Movie Award back in 1996.