Because of the constant swearing and the title character's initial lack of understanding of the consequences of his violent behavior and lack of self-control, this movie should only be viewed by those 14 and up. Having said that, Happy Gilmore did eventually learn self-control, as well as the finer points of golf, including his major obstacle- putting. Once he did, he earned respect from everyone. Everyone, that is, except his nemesis, Shooter McGavin, whose underhanded attempts to destroy Happy came back to haunt him. Happy's improvement in golf reinforces the notion that practice makes perfect.