Critic Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.
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Critic Reviews for Caddyshack
Caddyshack has a low-budget look that warmly welcomes the all-important teenage audience.
To attempt a critical evaluation of Orion's new Caddyshack is a little like describing the esthetic qualities of an outhouse.
Caddyshack, a derelict farce that lurches about in search of hilarious possibilities among the members and employes of a country club, is the latest misbegotten spawn of National Lampoon's Animal House.
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.
Audience Reviews for Caddyshack
In the vein of "us poor guys against those rich s.o.b.s" begun with Animal House comes this slapstick laden farce of the same hijinks on a snobby golf course. Some Saturday Night Live alum are there to solidify the "it's the revolution, so pass the joint" aesthetic, while old school comedians hold down the main plot line. It's a mixed bag with spotty humor, most efforts embarrassing and groanworthy. Save this one for one of those nights you and the missus open up that special package hidden in the back of the freezer to smoke to remember the old days of "we thought we were rebellious" youth.
Kinda silly. Just okay. I was more invested in the realistic plot with the worldly cad and his ambitious caddy, played by suave Chevy Chase and earnest Michael O'Keefe, respectively, and not so much Bill Murray's garbled gopher-hunting.
Thirty-five years after it's original release, these comedians are pretty much in the gutter as far as comedies go. Sure, they may have popped up in the odd film to give a solid dramatic performance, or cameo in a comedy, but the real magic from seeing these actors on-screen just is not the same anymore. This timeless classic comedy may have some really hard hitting jokes, but I definitely do not believe it to be any one of these cast members' best films. What "Caddyshack" really is, is a showcase for these talented comedies to show the very best of what they can bring to Hollywood, however, this is a picture that is very thing in story and meatier in the gag department. Elements that are set up in the first act never really pay off, the jokes do wear thin by the end, and the conclusion is just a quick cap on the script once all the funniest bits were told. Honestly, I laughed very hard throughout this film, but there was a huge story somewhere inside that was not fully explored, and I was hoping for more. Sure, this film will always stand the test of time as one of the classic 80's comedies, but it is definitely not one of the best. I had an absolute blast watching this film and I highly recommend it to the slim number of people who have not seen it. "Caddyshack" is very good at what it does.
|Mrs. Havercamp:||[hits ball into pond] Whee!|
|Mr. Havercamp:||That's a peach hon!|
|Al Czervik:||Hey, Wang! What's with the pictures? It's a parking lot. Come on, will ya?|
|Al Czervik:||Hey you scratched my anchor!|
|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!|
|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!|