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Happy Madison Productions
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This production company is anything but "terrific", as what Stanley, Adam's late father said in the logo.
Type: Film and Television Production Company
Founded: December 10, 1999; 20 years ago
Defunct: N/A
Founder: Adam Sandler
Headquarters: 10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, U.S.
Key people: Adam Sandler (founder & CEO)
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo (President)
Tim Herlihy
Heather Parry
Scott Sandler
Barry Bernardi
Steve Koren
Mark O'Keefe
Seth Gordon
Timothy Dowling
Parent: Happy Madison, Inc.

Happy Madison Productions is an American film and television production company founded in 1996 by Adam Sandler and is best known for its comedy films. Happy Madison takes its name from the films Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, two box office successes starring Sandler himself, both produced by Robert Simonds.

Notable Work

  1. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
  2. Little Nicky (2000)
  3. Joe Dirt (2001)
  4. The Animal (2001)
  5. Mr. Deeds (2002)
  6. The Master of Disguise (2002)
  7. Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
  8. The Hot Chick (2002)
  9. Anger Management (2003)
  10. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
  11. 50 First Dates (2004)
  12. The Longest Yard (2005)
  13. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
  14. Grandma's Boy (2006)
  15. The Benchwarmers (2006)
  16. Click (2006)
  17. Reign Over Me (2007)
  18. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)
  19. Strange Wilderness (2008)
  20. You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
  21. The House Bunny (2008)
  22. Bedtime Stories (2008)
  23. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
  24. Funny People (2009)
  25. The Shortcut (2009)
  26. Grown Ups (2010)
  27. Just Go With It (2011)
  28. Zookeeper (2011)
  29. Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star (2011)
  30. Jack and Jill (2011)
  31. That's My Boy (2012)
  32. Here Comes The Boom (2012)
  33. Grown Ups 2 (2013)
  34. Blended (2014)
  35. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
  36. Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015)
  37. Pixels (2015)
  38. The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
  39. The Do-Over (2016)
  40. Sandy Wexler (2017)
  41. The Week Of (2018)
  42. Father of the Year (2018)
  43. 100% Fresh (2018)
  44. Murder Mystery (2019)
  45. The Wrong Missy (2020)
  46. Hubie Halloween (2020)
  47. Home Team (2022)
  48. Hustle (2022)

Why Most Of Their Films Aren't "Terrific" Enough.

  1. Some of the films they produced are considered some of the worst films of all-time, like Jack and Jill, That's My Boy, The Master of Disguise, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Eight Crazy Nights.
  2. Poor acting, except from Adam Sandler in You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Reign Over Me, and Click.
  3. The plots of their films are written as either nonsensical, inane, unfunny, frustrating, unoriginal, juvenile, mean-spirited, weak, stupid, boring, horrid, or either just plain disgusting and vile.
  4. Crappy dialogue.
  5. Unfunny and weak humour.
  6. Adam Sandler, despite having some great talents he could use for movies like his acting and singing, is incredibly lazy when it comes to being a director and writer, and always wastes his talents just for the sake of huge money making at the box office. He shows he is just in the movie industry because of money.
  7. Their films have shameless amounts of product placement.
  8. Their films rely too heavily on celebrity cameos.
  9. For some reason, all of their films have to have at least one bully or bully-like character; not necessarily school kids, but usually adults, whom are corrupt douchebags, rather than typical schoolyard bullies.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some really good, or sometimes at least decent, movies they made from the company do exist, like the first Paul Blart: Mall Cop movie, Click (depending both on your view), Anger Management, Here Comes The Boom, Zookeeper, The Week Of (depending both on your view), Hubie Halloween, Funny People, Reign Over Me, (depending both on your view), That's My Boy (depending both on your view), The House Bunny, Joe Dirt, 50 First Dates, and You Don't Mess with the Zohan; many of which have later become cult films. Even Jack and Jill of all Happy Madison films wasn't immune to this treatment, becoming a film "so bad, it's good" in many audiences' hearts.
    1. Also, for some people, their movies may even be enjoyable and likeable in general (just to further stretch the above point), mainly for those who like watching stupid comedies. For some people, their movies may even give off a "so bad, it's good" vibe and spawn Internet memes.
    2. In very rare and unusual cases, some of their films don't even feel like films that they would produce and wouldn't feel any different if it were made by another production company and had a different cast. Here Comes the Boom, Anger Management, and The Week Of being good examples.
  2. While many of them still suffer from the usual Happy Madison Productions flaws, their Netflix films can be seen as a step up from their earlier ones, somewhat toning down the usual flaws and actually becoming more tolerable.
  3. Despite WTFATE#8, some of the celebrity cameos do actually make sense to the plot and aren't as bad/pointless, such as Al Pacino in Jack and Jill or Vanilla Ice and Rex Ryan in That's My Boy.
  4. While the humor in their films tends to be normally unfunny and weak, even in their films can there still be some genuinely funny moments, such as the infamous "Dunkaccino" ending scene in Jack and Jill.
  5. While most of their comedy films are pretty terrible, they fit nowhere in the same department as truly awful comedies such as Dirty Grandpa and Movie 43 which tend to be more forgettable, unfunny, offensive, and awful than all of Happy Madison Productions films. Even Jack and Jill, The Ridiculous 6, and surprisingly even That's My Boy, known for it's own offensive jokes and treatment of serious topics as dark humor, aren't THAT bad nor forgettable.
  6. Some of the comedians who had parts in their movies are still funny solo comedians on their own, such as David Spade and Chris Rock.
  7. The company produces some really good TV shows like Rules of Engagement, The Gong Show with Dave Attell, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, Breaking In and The Goldbergs.


Happy Madison's films have, for the most part, received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and audiences. The production company has put out four films considered to be some of the worst ever made, including two that have received a 0% score from Rotten Tomatoes.