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Caddyshack (1980)

  Directed by: Harold Ramis
Written by: Brian Doyle-Murray, Douglas Kenney, Harold Ramis
Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray, Michael O'Keefe
Links: Caddyshack on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Caddyshack (1980) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Lost in Translation (2003).

"Who will come out the victor?" - a review by pearly

I didn't see many films when I was growing up. We weren't the kind of family who'd head off to the multiplex together, well, ever. When we did watch a movie, it was generally this kind of thing: a silly comedy. Dad got us into Monty Python, and we used to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) every other week. And Caddyshack was on fairly high rotation too, though I believe that was mainly my brother's doing.

Anyway, I hadn't watched the thing for a good ten years, but spying a copy of it on DVD at andy-j's place, I steathily shoved it into my pocket (I have large pockets) and it was off home with me, to be further steathily shoved into my DVD player. I had to see whether it was actually any good, or whether any sort of fondness I had for it was misplaced.

Caddyshack is actually quite a strange film. There's really no storyline to speak of. I came to the conclusion that it's basically an excuse for Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray to try and outdo one another. They don't spend much time on screen together, but they're constantly just off doing monologues trying to prove that they're funnier than the other two. I believe Murray comes out the victor, though that scene where Chase hits the balls into the hole whilst making silly noises is pretty memorable too.

The main characters in the film are Ty (Chase), a rich guy who basically just hangs out at the golf course to fill in the time, Al (Dangerfield), a new member at the club whose abrasive style doesn't fit all too well with the other hoity-toity-plus-fours-wearing members, and Judge Smails (Ted Knight), one of the aforesaid snooty members. Then there's Danny (Michael O'Keefe), a young caddy trying to raise money to go to college, and Carl (Murray), who is the groundskeeper, and is battling against a feisty gopher that is tearing up the course.

Each of these players has a chance to interact with each of the other players, but only in the loosest sense of the word. Coming to the end of the film, I thought to myself, "what was all that even about?", and hence came to my conclusion that it didn't have to be about anything other than getting from one "funny" moment to the next. As with all movies from the eighties or earlier, there's some pretty politically incorrect stuff in there (some of the comedians are worse than others in that sense), which makes it show its age a little.

Overall, Caddyshack isn't terrible, but it's not really my bag, and if I hadn't seen it numerous times when I was younger, I'm not sure whether I could even say that I liked it. You can't argue with the kind of comedy that involves a guy biting into a chocolate bar that everyone else thinks is poos though.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 11 Feb 2005

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