Released: July 25th, 1980
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Director: Harold Ramis
Writers: Brian-Doyle Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglar Kenney
Cast: Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight
Caddyshack is one of those legendary films of my youth that has only gotten better with age. It turns out my enjoyment of the clearly fake gopher as a child was not the actual highlight of this film.
Life at a private golf course is explored through the eyes of several men of various ages.
A common issue I have with films like this is there is no clear narrative. It is a series of comedic skits held loosely together around the confines of a prestigious golf course and its members and employees. It’s only about halfway into the film does the actual (man vs man) conflict and story develop.
It’s more an issue of society than the movie, but how the young men treat women in this movie is problematic. It just showcases how deep these issues are within our society and they certainly aren’t new.
Rodney Dangerfield is hilarious in this film. It may even be his best movie role he did in his career. (I know that isn’t saying a lot, but what a great performance!)
Bill Murray is a deranged landscaper that works for the club and he has been put on the mission to track down a mischievous gopher. His performance is also the stuff of legends.
There is enough comedy throughout this that you keep entertained.
Some movies just have these intangibles that make them better than they should be. Caddyshack is one of those films that all the little things go well and we are given a quality comedy.
Of the various slice of life comedies that came out during this epoch (Animal House, Meatballs, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) this remains one of my favorites due to a talented cast and quirky humor throughout. A quality comedy that holds up well even today.
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