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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted February 5, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

I've been a fan of Adam Sandler, although I think that the way he's going with his career (trying to turn into some sort of sincere actor) is a poor choice at best. He's a funny guy; not the strongest comedian out there, but with the right director and script, Sandler has created a couple of hilarious characters. It's my opinion that "Billy Madison" and "Gilmore" are the two best films that Sandler has been in - Sandler played both roles with a chaotic energy that's been lost since.

"Gilmore" stars Sandler as amateur hockey player Happy Gilmore, who tries out for the local hockey team every year, but never makes the cut. One day, a former tour pro finds that Gilmore may have an unseen talent in Golf. At first he's against the idea, but when his Grandmother is about to lose her house after not paying taxes, he decides to join the tour to make enough money to get her house back. He's up against the current tour pro, Shooter McGavin(Christopher McDonald, doing his usual "bad guy" role.) Lee Trevino and in a classic moment, Bob Barker, provide cameo roles.

Although the funniest scenes are linked together with some dull moments, when Sandler as Happy throws a temper tantrum (when Happy misses, he unleashes his rage), there are some hilarious moments. It's not art, but it works as comedy. It's Sandler's best movie and I hope that instead of trying to be something he's not like in the recent "Big Daddy", he goes back to what he knows best in films like this one.

The DVD

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I had hesitated to take a look at this disc, although "Gilmore" is one of my favorite comedies, for the reason that Universal chose to make this early title a full-frame edition, rather than a letterboxed one. Although in a movie like this there's probably not too much that's lost, it's still not the way that I would have liked to have seen this title. That said, the image quality is still fairly pleasing, with images that are certainly crisp, but not sharp. Colors are certainly successful though; the movie is full of bright colors and they certainly translate well to this DVD edition. Problems such as shimmering are kept to a minimum. Not unwatchable, but I would have prefered a letterboxed edition.

SOUND: Although the audio wakes up nicely when Sandler hits the golf ball a mile, for the most part, this is the usual audio for a comedy - mainly dialogue-driven.

MENUS:: Dull looking menus with no animation, simply the cover art repeated for the main menu.

EXTRAS:: The trailer.

Final Thoughts: A very funny movie, but hopefully Universal can re-issue this disc in the future as a special edition. There are certainly enough Sandler fans out there that would appreciate it.

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