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Average: 16.67%
Pretty Bad: 2.56%
Total Crap: 3.85%

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by Jack Sommersby

"A Meandering Mini-Classic"
4 stars

Wants nothing more to please, and it delivers in this modest aim.

The National Lampoon-inspired slobs-versus-snobs comedy Caddyshack is best described as "ramshackle" in that it's wildly uneven and disjointed, indicative of a screenplay direly devoid of both focus and structure. Three writers are credited, with the debuting director, Harold Ramis, one of them; and what's presented here is more a patchwork than something even remotely organically sound - it's a series of skits more or less, which shouldn't be surprising being that Ramis and stars Chevy Chase and Bill Murray are veterans of the late-night show Saturday Night Live. Yet, flaws and all, the movie is highly enjoyable stuff and manages to overcome its shortcomings. If you want to laugh, then Caddyshack does the job, but don't expect anything of artistic mastery. The story is set at a posh country club called Bushwood, with Chase on hand as eccentric Zen-mindset golf ace Ty Webb who refuses to keep score when he plays and comes from family money - he's so detached from business dealings handled by his accountants he doesn't even know the actual locations of the lumberyards he owns. Chase was broad on SNL, but here's he's agreeably laid-back and sly; he nattily underplays for once, and his assured line readings with power of inflection and phrase are a joy to take in. Diametric to him is Murray, who plays the sloven assistant groundskeeper Carl Speckler determined to rid the golf course of a gopher that's tearing the green up; the very opposite of svelte, Murray is certifiably goofy from the word go, especially when Carl is forever muttering to himself being the quintessential loner he is - he operates on a kind of weird wavelength not even martians could lock onto. (When Chase and Murray finally share a scene it's oddly touching in that Ty never places himself above someone of the lower class, and Carl has no compunctions over calling out someone of the higher echelon on his recent odd behavior.) Rounding out the main characters are the game Ted Knight as the temperamental martinet Judge Snails, the general manager of the club (Knight is a virtuoso of the slow burn, and his outbursts are riotous), and the stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield as uncouth real-estate tycoon Al Czervik, a guest of the club who wreaks merciless havoc on it with his boorish behavior and abusive put-downs of the uptight members ("I swear, I never saw dead people smoke before," he remarks seeing them dance on the banquet floor). Of these performers, Dangerfield is far and away the standout - he's so vivid and ingratiating and uproarious you wish the entire proceedings had revolved around him. Unfortunately, what there is of a plot involves high-school senior Danny Noonan, a caddy who aspires to win the club's college scholarship to appease his demanding father; Michael O'Keefe is good enough in the role, but you care very little about Danny's plight, and the movie pretty much chucks the character aside at a moment's notice. (Also unfairly neglected are the luscious Cindy Morgan's sunnily endearing sexpot Lacey Underall and the vibrant Scott Colomby's pathetically machismo-fueled Noonan-rival Tony D'Annunzio.) But Caddyshack is oftentimes explosively funny (Dangerfield's one-liners detonate like atomic bombs), and it rouses itself for a satisfying finale that's staged with actual deft timing. To fully appreciate what Ramis and company have to offer here one needs only to sublimate any semblances of contextual solidity and be receptive to inspired "moments" that have been earmarked to carry the show. The picture may not be a hole-in-one yet darned if it doesn't score at least a few dead-on birdies.

(see my review of its unfortunate sequel)

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User Comments

7/25/15 Joe KS 1 stars
1/25/11 Diehard Some of u r crazy this is arguably best comedy ever.would love to see what u consider funny 5 stars
7/12/09 art THIS IS GREAT!,CADDYSHACK 2 should be ERASED! 4 stars
5/17/09 art A FUN FILM ABOUT GOLF! 3 stars
9/22/08 Shaun Wallner This film is hilarious!! 5 stars
2/18/08 Pamela White funny and the gopher was a cute menace. 4 stars
7/16/07 tom Best... sports... movie... ever... 5 stars
6/03/06 Wipef I liked the bits about killing all the golfers and the Doody scene but I was totally bored 2 stars
5/26/06 G. Axford Best comedy, gag for gag, EVER! 5 stars
4/04/06 JRE this is THE funniest movie ever made. everyone should watch it at least twice 5 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer When you speak of funny you think..."Dangerfield". #2 comedy of all time! 5 stars
11/11/05 zeitgeist Critiquing this movie's storyline is like calling Jenna Jameson a bad actress. Just laugh. 5 stars
8/31/05 ES The caddy's were idiots, it should have been all about the four guys on the cover 3 stars
8/25/05 Sugarfoot One of the best comedies from the 80s. Period 5 stars
6/08/05 CJ funny 5 stars
4/13/05 Cassander Gambling is illegal at Bushwood sir 5 stars
1/29/05 ralph a true movie expert 32 yrs old for people who like silly humor 3 stars
1/17/05 Jeff Anderson Along with Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight gives the single funniest performance. A CLASSIC! 5 stars
10/30/04 Scott Roen Superb...a great laugh from start to finish. Everyone has to see this at least once 5 stars
9/01/04 A upton N N N N N Naa beee the ball 5 stars
8/28/04 Tiger Woods Awesome, funny ass shit, except for the "colored boy" crap! 5 stars
7/27/04 Ken Chevy Chase at his best! Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray are very funny also! 4 stars
2/13/04 KD Glienke It's a good comedy -- because it makes me laugh my ass off several times! 5 stars
12/20/03 ROY L. CAIN,JR. A hell lot better than it's sequel "CADDYSHACK II". Ratfarts! 4 stars
12/14/03 Helen Bradley worst film of the decade 1 stars
8/30/03 Kitty B. murray's best damn film EVER!!! 5 stars
8/11/03 The Savage The ultimate classic, If you don't like it, then you should stick your head in an oven 5 stars
6/23/03 cochese Hawkboy shouldn't be reviewing movies because this one's a classic. 5 stars
6/18/03 Andrew Callaway Extremely funny - but that's it. 4 stars
3/25/03 cody crites this is the best golf movie ther is. 5 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Screamingly funny. Excepting a few dead spots, this is grand entertainment. Dangerfield A+ 4 stars
1/19/03 R.W. Welch Some clever bits but mostly just slapstick stuff. Cult following. 3 stars
11/20/02 David A. Seems somewhat tame after Jim Carrey, but would have been a blast in 1979 4 stars
10/15/02 Charles Tatum Really borderline funny until Rodney comes in and saves the day 5 stars
6/08/02 Ronald Dawson One of the funniest movies of all time! 5 stars
5/13/02 Dark Baron Funny!!! The 20th DVD edition is great!! 5 stars
10/25/01 shep_ramsay i smell varment puntang and the only good varment puntang is dead varment puntang 5 stars
10/04/01 Stu "Farts! DOUBLE FARTS!" 5 stars
8/22/01 zeitgeist "hey Wang, they're a little prejudice here, so don't tell them you're Jewish" 5 stars
8/12/01 Andrew Carden So Funny! 5 stars
8/10/01 E-Funk Bill Murray makes this movie. They don't make em like this anymore. 4 stars
7/21/01 sarah this film proves that chevy chace was once hilarious. where has the time gone? 5 stars
7/10/01 Stu Burns Underrated film about a man (Dangerfield) coming to grips with his grief in his own way. 5 stars
7/06/01 Caddy 6 the part where ted knight throws his g.c in the air was so AWESOME! i've tried it before. 5 stars
6/29/01 Mister Robinson "HEY EVERYBODY! WE'RE ALL GONNA GET LAID" -Al Czervk 5 stars
6/20/01 Judith Latham Hey lady...wanna make 50 bucks....the "hard" way? 5 stars
6/10/01 Dustin rodney dangerfield is very, very funny in this film 5 stars
6/07/01 Brandon Glenn Rogers Hey everybody, wer'e all gonna get laid! 5 stars
5/30/01 Chevy Murray I just got stoned to the bejeezus belt. 5 stars
5/24/01 zeitgeist "Hey Wang, they're a little prejudice around here, so don't tell them you're Jewish" 5 stars
2/06/01 Classicdog It does'nt get much better than this! A true classic!! 5 stars
1/16/01 Dave My favourite film 5 stars
1/15/01 Sklorsh This is THE BEST comedy movie of all time, hands down. 5 stars
9/24/00 Bender I'm one of the few people who's not that impressed with this movie. But its still ok. 3 stars
7/17/00 doug Very funny!A must see! Espicially at the end with everything exploding and patriotic music! 5 stars
5/24/00 Rich Lee Danny Noonan is the single greatest protagonist in the history of cinema. 5 stars
4/21/00 Steve Layne It has some laughs, but not a lot and its also not that entertaining. 3 stars
4/12/00 Chartsy Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Bill Murray - the dream team. 5 stars
4/04/00 Steve Chase You'll either love it or loathe it - AND I LOVE IT!!!! 5 stars
1/06/00 ck brillance personified! 5 stars
12/31/99 JussMatt An ALL Time Classic!!! There are NO better comedy movies than this!!! 5 stars
11/15/99 MickCollins Hawkboy is a tool,the Shack rocks. Murray is God 5 stars
11/15/99 JonnyAngel Danny Noonan is my hero. 5 stars
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  25-Jul-1980 (R)
  DVD: 04-Apr-2000



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