Happy Gilmore

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie he is not taken onto the hockey team. After he is hustling at the driving range he goes to toughen up. As he is toughening up, Chubbs unplugs the machine. The kid tries it, but he never plugged it back in and the machine still manages to work. (00:15:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Happy is trying out for the hockey team, he sends a slapshot in front of the coaches and it breaks the glass. In the next shot the glass is intact. (00:04:07)

Other mistake: During the last tournament scene at the beginning of it look at the Media Tower the crashed V.W. is already there but that part has not happened yet. (01:09:20)

Revealing mistake: In at least one scene, you can see the ruts that the filmmakers made in the greens to make Happy's putts go where they wanted them to.

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Revealing mistake: When Happy tosses the IRS agent out of Grandma Gilmore's window, he falls down the steps outside and it is blatantly obvious that he is wearing kneepads under his suit pants. (00:09:06)

Revealing mistake: In the scene where the Volkswagen is driving on the golf course to run over Happy, you can see tracks in the ground where the car had already been.

Plot hole: In the final tournament when Happy is stuck in the rough, he swings five times. Assuming he hit his drive into the rough and hit an AMAZING shot from the edge of the water into the hole, he still could do no better than a seven on the hole. Happy only lost one stroke on the hole. (01:16:50)

Other mistake: When Happy hits the ball in the alligators mouth, he is on the complete other side of the lake where the gator is located, and there is a crowd of people blocking his view, but somehow he can still see through the people and over the lake, to notice the gator taking his ball.

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Continuity mistake: When Happy pleads with Chubbs to take him for lessons, he shakes Chubbs' hand. He pulls off a few fingers, but not his ring finger. When the shot changes to behind Chubbs, you can see that his ring finger is not there. (01:03:35)

Continuity mistake: The exact same shots of the golf ball sailing through the air are used two or three times, especially during the last golf tournament.

Revealing mistake: When Happy and Bob are rolling down the hill, you can see from the face that it's Bob Barker's stunt double. (00:57:05)


Continuity mistake: After Happy gets hit by the car he's lying on the ground and you can see he's only wearing the Subway shirt. But when he tees off near the end he's wearing a shirt over the subway one.

Continuity mistake: When Happy is about to putt and the tower starts to fall, his caddy is behind him. In the next wide-angle shot, his caddy is in front of him, or at least between Happy and the hole, where before Happy was between him and the hole. A couple of shots later, when Virginia runs up to Happy, the caddy is back to his old position again.

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Continuity mistake: When Virginia and Happy are dancing on the skating rink, when the camera is zoomed in on them, Virginia is holding the hockey stick. Then when the camera zooms out, look closely and you can see she isn't holding the stick. (00:52:50)

Continuity mistake: At the final golf tournament, Happy's grandmother tells him she just wants him to be happy. In one shot, both her hands are up towards Happy, in the next shot only her left arm is up, and in the next shot both hands are up again.


Continuity mistake: Happy and his new caddy are discussing the shape of the green and the caddy says the green is slanted to the left. When Happy tells him it only seems that way because he's missing a shoe, the caddy is standing with his feet shoulder-width apart. When the camera cuts to the close-up of his feet, they're together, yet the caddy didn't move.

Matty Blast

Continuity mistake: In the beginning when Happy first meets Chubbs, Happy backs his car into a couple of trash cans after Chubbs mentions big bucks. When Happy backs into the trash cans and stops he leans out the open window with his elbow over the side; you can see this through the back window. But when it shows a close up of Happy in the next shot, he's sitting calmly in the car with both arms in his lap. (00:17:20)

Continuity mistake: The point in the movie when Shooter is mad about the beach ball being thrown on the green, watch his ball. It changes its position on the green from one view to another. (01:20:12)

Continuity mistake: When the alligator takes off with Happy's golf ball in his mouth, he takes off and slides down into the pond where he goes through a patch of water-lilies. When Happy dives in the water after the alligator there are no water-lilies.

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Continuity mistake: When Happy and his Grandmother arrive at the nursing home, Happy puts his Grandmother's suitcase under the bed. In the next shot it's not there anymore. (00:09:45)

Continuity mistake: When Happy wins at the end, people start running towards him. One of these people is a girl with a blue shirt. Then there's a shot of cheering people that are standing to the side without running to Happy, including Richard Kiel, and the girl with the blue shirt

Other mistake: When Happy is trying to "fix" the air conditioner in his grandma's room you can clearly see there is a white board in back of the machine. When the machine falls out and hits the lady on the ground you can see it's no longer there.

Continuity mistake: When Happy and Bob Barker are fighting they roll down the hill, just as it appears that Happy wins the fight Bob grabs him by the throat. Bobs pants have a small wet stain on the butt area. After he hits Happy and walks away the wet spot is the whole area of his butt.

Continuity mistake: At the Waterbury open, when Happy first putts, there a a guy telling his friend, 'this is pathetic' There is a cluster of trees right behind him. Then when Happy punches him, the trees are no where near him, but way in the distance.

Continuity mistake: In the final round, when Happy and Shooter McGavin are about to tee off on the first hole, they show a picture of the 18th green with the Volkswagen Beetle already crashed into the TV tower. However, this doesn't happen until Happy gets hit by the car later in the game. (01:09:25)

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie during the final round of golf Happy is wearing a tee-shirt under a button shirt that is open. All through the round the tee-shirt goes from a Subway shirt to a white shirt with a brown strip across the chest. It is much more noticeable during the last putt. He has the stripe shirt while putting then when he makes it and every one rushes to him it is the Subway tee-shirt.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Happy is talking to Chubbs in the parking lot, when Happy hits Chubbs' hand off, you can see that Chubbs is throwing his hand rather than getting it hit off by Happy's hockey stick. You may have to watch in slow motion. (00:16:46)

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning when he enters the apartment he barges through the door leaving it open but when the lady walks in she has to open the door.

Revealing mistake: When Happy tees off at the AT&T Invitational, he swings his club about a foot above the ball, yet apparently he hits it successfully.

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Continuity mistake: When Happy is taking grandma Gilmore to the nursing home you can see a picture of grandma on the rear view mirror. When the lady jumps on the car and Happy throws food on her you can see the picture of grandma Gilmore is no longer there. (00:09:27)

Deliberate mistake: In the beginning of the movie when Happy first discovers his swing, the balls that hit the people down the street are never visible upon impact.


Plot hole: The bet between Happy and Shooter is in no way legally enforceable. Even if it was legal to make such a bet and it have it be enforced, the only person who can verify it was ever even made is Virginia who's obviously biased as Happy's girlfriend. The only way Shooter would actually honor the bet is to keep his word, which is completely out of character (he is the bad guy after all). And I'm sure with the money he's earned he can hire a bodyguard to protect him from Mr. Larson.

Continuity mistake: During the segment where the V.W. bug hits the media tower there are a few inconsistencies. First off when the bug hits the tower the pole wraps around the front end staying intact. In the next shot it shows the pole is broken and sitting on the hood. Then there's a shot where it shows a guy laying on the ground and the bug in the background. Now the bug has backed up about 4 feet and the pole is now not broken and only bent. (01:14:18)


Continuity mistake: When Virgina hits the puck during the skating scene, the puck can be seen going in that blue area in front of the net. In the next shot, however, the puck is only halfway towards the net.

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Revealing mistake: When Happy jumps on the alligator in the pond, it is very noticeably a rubber (fake) alligator.

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Continuity mistake: Near the start we see Happy dropping off his Grandmother at a rest home. When they arrive Happy is driving on a walkway through the compound. Odd place to be driving don't you think? (00:09:08)


Continuity mistake: On the last hole of the big tournament, it goes from overcast to sunny between shots depending on the camera angle of Happy or Shooter McGavin.


Factual error: Considering Happy lives on an upper floor, his apartment complex must have the world's fastest elevator. His girlfriend leaves him and is down by the front door in less than 15 seconds.

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Continuity mistake: When Shooter's ball goes into the crowd and ends up on Mr Larsen's foot, Mr Larsen's hair is parted on his left side at the beginning of the scene, but parted on the his right side after Shooter plays his ball off his foot.


Continuity mistake: During the scene in the Subway restaurant, Virginia's cup quickly rotates back and forth 90 ° depending on the camera angle so the logo is always fully visible.

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Other mistake: When Shooter is telling Happy to meet him and the other pros at the 9th green, everyone in the background is talking among themselves, then suddenly are closer and staring at them. (00:31:47)

Continuity mistake: When Bob Barker is first seen he is wearing tan pants. When he and Happy start to fight, they are grey.


Continuity mistake: In the final golf scene at the 18th hole, the media tower falls in front of Happy's ball. When he decides to use the tower to help his ball go in the hole, watch the heads of the members of the audience. Happy hits his ball and the members of the audience are watching the ball and following it as it makes its way down the tower. It is natural that their heads will go left, right and down as they follow the ball. However, a few times, it is shown that their heads even go up, as if they are following the ball upwards. Clearly nothing can naturally move up on its own. Plus, it's only shown that the ball is going down, or to the sides.

Continuity mistake: When Happy autographs the girl's chest and then the film cuts as he autographs the old lady's chest his name on the girl's chest is different to how he wrote it. (00:45:57)

Continuity mistake: Notice when Happy goes to get the ball from the 'gator, you can see someone nudging the mouth with a golf club to keep it open from a different angle from where Happy is standing. They must have trained a gator to keep his mouth open with a ball by nudging his mouth.

Continuity mistake: When Chubbs tells Happy "you're gonna concentrate on golf," in the shot from the front he starts bringing his left arm out from behind his back. We then cut to a shot from behind him and both arms are still securely held behind him.

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Continuity mistake: When they are playing in the Michelob Invitational, Shooter McGavin's caddy is wearing the vest for the Visa Everglades Open. The flag (in the hole) also shows this same event. They play another tournament before they get to the Everglades.

Continuity mistake: When there is the small explosion when the car hits the radio/satellite tower, you can tell that it was filmed after the car itself crashed. The car was positioned, and the explosion was set off, so there is no movement in the car, even though it should still be shaking from the impact.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Happy and Bob Barker are fighting, it is obviously rainy. Yet a few times when there's a shot of Bob alone, the background behind him is a bright, sunny day.

Continuity mistake: When Happy swings the club at the beginning (and astonishes the two men), watch his arms. In one shot, he's holding the club with both hands, and in the next, he's only using one arm.


Continuity mistake: At the 18th hole when the television tower collapses you can see a man in an orange t-shirt and jeans jump off onto the floor. However in the next shot (it is quite quick so you might have to watch carefully) the same man is just jumping off and is still in the air rather than on the floor. (01:23:35)

Continuity mistake: During the final golf tournament it is obvious that some scenes were shown out of order. When Happy tells Shooter "Somebody learned how to putt," he's wearing the Subway shirt. A couple of shots later he's wearing a blue golf shirt. A little bit later the announcer says that it is the end of day 1, so I doubt he would have changed his clothing in the middle of the day. Also, when it is supposed to be the next day, he's wearing the Subway shirt again.


Other mistake: At the begining when Happy and his dad are at the hockey game, his dad gets hit with the puck. But a second later the camera glass breaks.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the scene where Happy is talking about the being a good shot with a nail gun, he covers his eyes and shoots Mr. Larson in the head, but when it shows Happy he has the gun behind his back.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mr. Larson bends Shooter's golf club, the camera shot from behind Larson shows him bending the club until both ends of the club are parallel. But in the next shot, from in front of Larson, the club is not bent as much as in the shot before.

Continuity mistake: When Happy hits the ball during the bet with the two movers, we see a point of view shot of the ball traveling towards a house. When we get a shot of the owner of that house being hit, it's a different house.

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Continuity mistake: When everyone's chasing Shooter, after he steals Happy's jacket, there's a closeup of Mr. Larson. To his right, there's a guy in a dark blue shirt. When it cuts to a wideshot of everyone, you see the guy in the blue shirt, but you don't see Mr. Larson.

Revealing mistake: When the car hits Happy you can see the flack jacket used to perform this stunt underneath his shirt. (01:14:07)


Continuity mistake: In the final tournament, Happy's caddy puts the ball down on the green where the (fully intact) cracker is, then picks up the cracker to take a bite. When we see him up close, there is suddenly a small bite already taken out of the cracker before he bites into it.

Matty Blast

Continuity mistake: At Happy's first tournament (the one he goes to with Chubbs), when Chubbs does the 'it's all in the hips' motion there is a lake behind him and Happy. However, when Happy then hits his ball and we see the overhead shot from the ball's point of view, we can see that there's no lake anywhere near them - it's just a green fairway.

Continuity mistake: When the V.W. bug hits the media tower the front area of the car is already charred before it catches fire. (01:14:19)


Continuity mistake: A number of time when Happy is Teeing of if you watch closely the ball actually goes through his legs not straight ahead.

Continuity mistake: Towards the end in the championships,when Happy swings, his shirt comes up and his stomach shows. The next time, you can see a grey shirt tucked in underneath. Then later, there's just his stomach again.

Continuity mistake: When Happy drives the ball down the street and it hits a house the golf club is resting on his shoulder. A second later he is leaning on it.

Continuity mistake: When Happy is confronted by the IRS man, and is told about having to give up the house, the folder in the IRS guy's hands keeps switching hands from shot to shot.

Other mistake: When Happy Gilmore and Chubbs are at the miniature golf course whenever the ball comes back no one stops it or puts it back in its spot yet it is there every time.

Continuity mistake: The wound that Happy gets in his fight with Bob Baker becomes larger and fresher when he is in the subway place, and the next day the wound is gone.


Continuity mistake: While Happy is talking with Shooter and Virginia at the house auction, the sun is changing between shots.


Continuity mistake: When Happy wins the 3 in a row shot bet with the two guys, the sun changes between shots.


Continuity mistake: After Happy wins his first tournament while he is talking with the blonde girl the sun is changing from shot to shot.


Continuity mistake: When Happy makes his last shot and wins the golden jacket, the sun changes between shots.


Plot hole: The bet between Happy and Shooter is prohibited, probably legally, but also definitely according to PGA regulations. It is prohibited for any professional athlete to gamble, on their sport in general and certainly on their own performance. Both of them could get suspended or banned from Pro Golf for this, and Shooter would certainly know it.


Continuity mistake: On the last hole, Shooter McGavin overshoots the hole and the ball ends up going past the green. However once he shoots the ball off the man's foot and onto the green, we now see him coming onto the green from the fairway side at the bottom of the screen, not from behind the green past the hole.


Continuity mistake: When Mr. Larson bends Shooter's golf club, he's holding the head of the club in his left hand. When it cuts to a shot behind him, the club's head is in Mr. Larson's right hand. When they show him from the front again, the club head is back in his left hand.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Shooter is with the other pro golfers, (the ones with the gold jackets) and they're drinking wine, Happy interrupts them wearing an ACDC top. Notice Shooter's wine glass switch hands a number of times, and when he tells Happy to meet them on the 9th green, the wine glass has disappeared totally.

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