Review: ‘Caddyshack’

In Caddyshack's unabashed bid for the mammoth audience which responded to the anti-establishment outrageousness of National Lampoon's Animal House, this vaguely likable, too-tame comedy falls short of the mark.

In Caddyshack’s unabashed bid for the mammoth audience which responded to the anti-establishment outrageousness of National Lampoon’s Animal House, this vaguely likable, too-tame comedy falls short of the mark.

This time, the thinly plotted shenanigans unfold against the manicured lawns and posh backdrop of a restricted country club, generally pitting the free-living youthful caddies against the uptight gentry who employ them.

Stock characters include Chevy Chase as resident golf-pro; club prexy and jurist Ted Knight; and Rodney Dangerfield as the perfectly cast and very funny personification of anti-social, nouveau riche grossness.

Beyond Chase, prime lure is Bill Murray as a foul-habited, semi-moronic groundskeeper, constantly aroused by the older femme golfers.

Caddyshack

Production

Orion. Director Harold Ramis; Producer Douglas Kenney; Screenplay Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney; Camera Stevan Larner; Editor William Carruth; Music Johnny Mandel;; Art Director Stan Jolley

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Chevy Chase Rodney Dangerfield Bill Murray Michael O'Keefe Ted Knight Cindy Morgan
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  1. Robert says:

    This movie has aged well, especially for anyone who’s ever swung a golf club.

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