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Caddyshack (1980)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 11

Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.



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The smash success Caddyshack became a prototype for countless other wacky T&A-tinged teen comedies of the early 1980s. At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favor of the elitist Judge Smails (Ted Knight), then the caddy golf tournament which the good judge



Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney

Sep 26, 2006

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (11) | DVD (14)

The first-time director, Harold Ramis, can't hold it together: the picture lurches from style to style (including some ill-placed whimsy with a gopher puppet) and collapses somewhere between sitcom and sketch farce.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (6)
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This vaguely likable, too-tame comedy falls short of the mark.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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If you're still at the age when farting and nose-picking seem funny, then Caddyshack should knock you dead.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (6)
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Caddyshack never finds a consistent comic note of its own, but it plays host to all sorts of approaches from its stars, who sometimes hardly seem to be occupying the same movie.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (8)
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A pleasantly loose-limbed sort of movie with some comic moments, most of them belonging to Mr. Dangerfield.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There's still a lot of fun in this movie, and most of that comes from the heartfelt performances from the cast.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A funny slapstick comedy, starring Billy Murray in top form

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Classic '80s comedy; not for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Never mind the fact that the plot regularly goes off track and into the rough, Caddyshack offers laughs a plenty.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

dependant almost entirely--when it's not being angry and cynical--on arrogance and smugness.

July 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (5)
Film Freak Central

Given the short shelf life of many rude 'n' crude Hollywood comedies, it's amazing how well Caddyshack stands up after all these years.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Despite being ungainly, Caddyshack is the kind of comedy you can pan for gold in... [Blu-ray]

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Director Harold Ramis doesn't help matters through his lethargic staging of several major slapstick sequences.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobbery
Film Snobbery

No matter how bad practically everybody thinks it is, practically everybody likes it.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Has attained cult comedy status over last 25 years...due to Chase, Dangerfield, Murray set pieces.

March 14, 2009

Still every bit as funny, and every bit as stupid, as it was twenty years ago.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

A slapstick comedy featuring a host of great clowns.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A crude comedy.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of those rare comedies where everything clicks. A true classic.

October 28, 2005

Overrated and dumb comedy with a few funny moments.

July 19, 2005 | Comments (6)
Movie Metropolis

The plot wanders around the golf course and involves a half-dozen elements, but if you simply dig the gopher, the caddy, and the Dangerfield, you're not going to be doing half bad.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

Coloquemos da seguinte forma: Elizabeth Taylor envelheceu melhor do que este filme...

January 26, 2005 | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Caddyshack

A caddy pursues one of his clients for a scholarship amidst the backdrop of several other colorful characters.
As a series of sketches, this film is whimsical and occasionally fun. The only moments of "sophisticated" comedy come from the class depictions with the rich portrayed as stuffy and mean-spirited and the poor portrayed as fun-loving and sexual but constantly looking through the plate glass window, hoping to trade places. However, as a film - a consistent, conflict- or character-driven story - Caddyshack doesn't hold together. Each of the stars get to do his bit, and in the end the film seems like a series of bits haphazardly edited together.
Overall, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase may have comedic talent, but this film only works in the actors' individual sound bytes.
July 27, 2013
Jim Hunter

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I really do envy people who were alive when this movie was made. In 1980, when people were called funny, they really were funny. Nowadays, the people considered funny aren't really funny at all. (Seth Mcfarlane, Will Ferrel.) Caddyshack has a big cast of people who can genuinely make people laugh. They all play memorable characters and are given some of the funniest dialogue. If I were to make a list of top 10 most quotable movies, Caddyshack would easily make the list. My personal favorite performance is Rodney Dangerfield as Al Czervik. Everything he says and does just makes me laugh. (He also has the world's coolest golf club bag.) The rest of the cast also do a stellar job in their roles. Chevy Chase has always been a funny guy and he definately is in this movie, Ted Knight does a really good job of the judge who gets aggravated really easily and Bill Murray provides some of the most memorable scenes in the movie. His subplot with the gophers is just classic. My favorite scene in the movie is the pool scene. It's a plethora of just teen caddys going apeshit all over the place. Caddyshack took the world's most boring sport (Golf) and made what could've been a tedious movie into a classic that will be remembered as one of the funniest comedies ever made.
June 20, 2012
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

Despite the fact that there was a lot of freedom for the film makers to do whatever they wanted to do in production it's still a hilarious comedy classic that's faster paced than even the likes of Airplane! and deserves its reputation for being quotable. The cast bring their extremely memorable characters to life fantasticallly and young Bill Murray is very fun to watch when he's trying to kill the golf course's gopher. Ultimately, Caddyshack is a hilarious classic comedy and one of the few slapstick movies that are so stupid that you actually manage to laugh with it.
January 22, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Way overrated by comedy fans in my opinion. I do love the scene of Bill Murray and Chevy Chase smoking pot though.
November 20, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

    1. Al Czervik: Hey you scratched my anchor!
    – Submitted by Alec B (6 months ago)
    1. Carl Spackler: Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac...It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!
    – Submitted by Dutch E (13 months ago)
    1. Bishop: Rat farts!
    – Submitted by Jarryd R (15 months ago)
    1. Carl Spackler: Big hitter, the Lama.
    – Submitted by Michael B (15 months ago)
    1. Ty Webb: You take drugs, Danny?
    2. Danny Noonan: Every day.
    3. Ty Webb: Good.
    – Submitted by Michael B (15 months ago)
    1. Spaulding Smails: I want a hamburger. No, a cheeseburger. I want a hotdog. I want a milkshake.
    2. Judge Smails: [judge hits Spaulding in the back of his head] You'll get nothing and like it!
    – Submitted by Aaron S (15 months ago)
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