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Taxes on the Silver Screen

By Suzanne Woolley, with Ben Steverman - 2013-03-20T20:35:13Z

Photograph by Universal/Everett Collection

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Robert Smigel, 'Happy Gilmore'

The grandmother of failed hockey player Happy Gilmore is evicted from her home for having failed to pay taxes for the past decade. When Happy is told he needs to come up with $270,000 in 90 days or her home will be sold, the IRS agent (Smigel) asks, "You really hate me now, don't you?" Happy says no, then throws him through the front door. Gilmore then discovers he has the most powerful golf drive ever known, goes on the pro tour, and wins back his grandmother's house.
Tax takeaway: When you owe back taxes, it pays to have a loyal, dim, and bizarrely gifted grandchild.