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October 8, 2016
It so funny don't a few bad reviews fool you
September 17, 2016
For every well-played, undercutting joke from Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and even Ted Knight, we get the arbitrary plot that no one talks about anymore, when hailing this as one of the all-time comedy classics. See the movie poster? Notice anyone missing? That's right, the main character, played by Michael O'Keefe! Where did he go? Maybe in retrospect, everyone attempting to advertise the movie realized how dull he and his caddy scholarship plot is, not to mention everyone eye-goggling over the vaguely sexy Cindy Morgan. (You did your best with Chase, at the least.) Look, if this were a Mel Brooks movie, it would be easy to argue that the plot is the means by which everyone drives home joke after joke after joke. Caddyshack, meanwhile, interrupts the comedy for drama, when it would function far stronger as simple "class" warfare (i.e., the classy rich versus the not-so-classy rich). As for the actors who facilitate the warfare, you know which characters stand better the test of time? The straight ones played by Chase and Knight! They have a struggle in maintaining composure, at the faces of pure zaniness, and, through the clever dialogue, are quite consistent. Murray and Dangerfield prefer improvising their lines, which would be just fine, if every scene of theirs worked. The boat chase scene was more psychotic than funny, not for the better, and the bishop's golf game in the rain was just confusing in understanding his or Murray's motives. So, here is the scoop: Regardless of what you think of Chase or Knight, I think anyone would enjoy their performances. Murray is Murray at his outright silliest, and Dangerfield is Dangerfield at his outright crudest. Between the four of them, Caddyshack succeeds at times, and falters at other times, in Harold Ramis' attempt to paste various subplots together like a ransom note. If this were not called "Caddyshack," this may have been a pretty good comedy.
September 13, 2016
Like Meatballs, which Hold Ramis co-wrote a year prior, Caddyshack is a disjointed comedy with a lot of aspects that really work, and a lot of aspects that don't. There's multiple subplots happening at one in Caddyshack: you have the feud between country club co-founder Judge Elihu Smalls (Ted Knight) and hot-headed Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), you have Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) working as a caddy and hoping to gather up a scholarship for college, you have the womanizing Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) wrapped up in the golf games, and you have the antics of Carl (Bill Murray) as he attempts to rid the country club of a gopher infestation. The moments where Chase and Murray are the focus are truly the highlights, the latter in particular being extra hilarious in a role that was completely ad-libbed and proving once more his ability to improve a film with his presence alone.

Unfortunately, those two have the least amount of screentime in the film: a majority of the movie is focused on Dangerfield and Knight, and the characters involved in their subplot. Frankly speaking, their portion of the film is dull, and rarely packs the same kind of comedic punch as Animal House (another Ramis screenwriting outing), and the same kind of comedic punch that we know these actors are capable of. It seems to try to aim for brief stints of character development as well, but it lacks the sweet charm of the main relationship in Meatballs. It does have the same kind of deliberate aimlessness of Meatballs and Animal House, which at least allows for light and mostly entertaining viewing. This one just missed out on that birdie, and will have to settle for a par.
½ September 1, 2016
Maybe the expectations for it were built up so highly in my head, but Caddyshack is simply a good comedy, not "the best comedy of all time" as so many people and critics have said over the years. The story is pretty absurd and silly, Rodney Dangerfield's character is very hit/miss with being charming and annoying, Chevy Chase is pretty darn perfect in this movie, Bill Murray.... also very hit/miss with his comedy schtick here, etc etc. Caddyshack is 'fine'.
August 31, 2016
The legends of comedy Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and director/actor Harold Ramis bring the non stop laughs in Caddyshack!
August 25, 2016
I really don't see why everybody loves this film. the humor is dated and so is the soundtrack! it's a guilty pleasure because of the gopher and the golf scenes but otherwise I'd rather watch scary movie 5 10 times! decent film
August 22, 2016
A watchable but overpraised comedy. It's crude, annoying, and not very funny. The sports aspect makes it moderately enjoyable though. (First viewing - Late teen years)
½ August 19, 2016
Comedy classic about a teen who working one day at a prestigious golf club, gets schooled on how things operate. He has an ulterior motive; he wants to caddy for Ted Knight who plays an important club member, because the club gives out a college scholarship every year. Along the way he caddy's for several interesting characters. The casting is perfect. Dangerfield's usual one liner jokes hit every time. Chase plays his usual smartass self and Murray impresses the most as a groundskeeper intent on catching a pesky groundhog terrorizing the golf course. This comedy works because of the cast.
August 4, 2016
Really goofy, but in a good way. It's a lot of fun.
July 27, 2016
There are some funny moments, but mostly it's lacking in real plot.
July 27, 2016
All time classic. Super all star cast Chase, Dangerfield, Knight, Murray etc. Rude, crude, and stupid humor spliced into a snotty country club setting. A class warfare movie of dysfunctional behaviors of all the characters. Make you piss your pants laughing scenes are: The chocolate bar pool scene, Knight throwing the golf club in anger scene, and Dangerfield at the country club dinner. Director Ramis creates a humor continuity throughout Caddyshack where there is no drag in the movie. The characters meld and move in each scene create a humor synergy. Murray, Chase, Dangerfield, and Knight build on each other creating a comic masterpiece. 5 stars. A comic classic.
½ June 9, 2016
A classic funny film of the 80's.
June 6, 2016
Caddyshack (1980) C-98m. ?? D: Harold Ramis. Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe. Feeble comedy, in the vain of Saturday Night Live, presents many hijinks but few laughs. Weirdos meet in golf course where anything is possible (sounds much funnier than it is). Dangerfield provides the only real laughs; when he's on-screen, film becomes amusing, when he's not, film becomes dreary. Better than ANIMAL HOUSE, but destruction and irrelevance cannot take place of real humor. Followed by a sequel.
June 6, 2016
Caddyshack had and still has a loose, ragged, "made up as it went along" sense of energy and random silliness that makes it massively fun and endearing. Theres no real plot, just a series of funny episodes and sketches (the best and most memorable of course being Bill Murray's vendetta against a destructive gopher) loosely joined together by all taking place on a golf course. Filled with brilliant comedic invention and classic scenes like Chevy Chase's golf lesson, the dancing puppet gopher or Bill Murray's Cinderella man scene. Featuring the comedy cream of the crop of the late 70's early 80's, Chase, Murray, Rodney Dangerfield (whose every utterance is comedy gold) and Bill's brother Brian Doyle Murray giving genius comedic performances, this is simple, crude, rude and hilarious fun from back when comedies were breezier and and more good natured, even in their raunchiness.
April 28, 2016
There is nothing like this anymore. If you are younger and have never seen this movie, you are missing not just a classic, but a truly good time.
April 25, 2016
Funny golf movie. Instant classic!
March 30, 2016
A classic, perfectly written and acted movie. It nails the 70's to a T and then some. This is one of the best comedy films of all time.
½ March 29, 2016
CADDYSHACK is yet another movie that everyone else but me has seen until now (apparently). It's directed by Harold Ramis and features Bill Murray and Chevy Chase in their prime, along with Rodney Dangerfield. Why wouldn't it be good? Well, if 90 minutes of improvisation with little to no plot is your idea of good comedy (and considering comedies these days, there are a lot of people who feel that way), then you'll feel right at home. For me, there were a number of individually funny bits from each of the main cast members, but the unfocused, episodic nature of the story kept me from being invested too much in the goings-on at this snooty country club. The best running gag is one that everyone is probably familiar with: Bill Murray and the gopher. But it was only funny in and of itself, feeling mostly tangential to the story (or to justify Bill Murray's presence). There was the potential to do a satire on class conflict, but Rodney Dangerfield threw a wrench in that (most of his bits didn't work for me at all). Chevy Chase got to do some of his shtick as well, but overall it felt like all the cast members were just trying to show each other up instead of being a real ensemble cast. I will say that the soundtrack, heavily featuring Kenny Loggins, was quite good though. Ultimately, I did laugh a handful of times but the script and its execution left a lot to be desired.
½ January 8, 2016
A useless movie that fails to cause laughter or entertainment to everyone who isn't a braindead american, I guess. Awful.
December 29, 2015
For a comedy that's basically just a series of gags randomly strung together a la Jerry Lewis' The Bellhop, this 1980 cult classic actually works out really well narratively (perhaps a lesson in good editing).

Harold Ramis' freshman directorial effort makes excellent use of its "supporting" comedic actors (as well as a goofy little gofer puppet) and casts them as cooky denizens in the world of the country club. Viewed from the perspective of the club's juvenile, golf course caddies, the audience is treated to some truly classic scenes wherein the likes of Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ted Knight eat up scenery, stage brilliant slapstick, and over-act to brilliant, comedic effect. While often extremely juvenile and broad, the awe-inducing moments of inspired insanity in Ramis' script, and the improv stylings of greats Chase and Murray make this oddball comedy a treat for the funny-bone. "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere..."
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