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Caddyshack (SE)
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06.22.2010 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Harold Ramis

Actors:
Chevy Chase
Bill Murray
Rodney Dangerfield

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A cast of crazy characters descend upon an upscale golf and country club, including hopeful caddies, crazy guys, crazy rich guys, and a destructive little gopher.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Do I even need to review this movie? Is there anybody out there that doesn’t regard CADDYSHACK as one of the greatest comedies ever forged by human hands? I think golf is probably one of the most boring activities one can partake in aside from underwater basket weaving, but I still love every second of this movie. (And that includes the outdated fashions and Kenny Loggins’ tunes, which make it just a little more endearing)

Since I hope any fan of this site doesn’t need to be convinced of CADDYSHACK’S greatness, I’m going to forgo a traditional review and simply share some of the things I love most about this movie.
  • Chevy Chase. Aside from FLETCH, Ty Webb is Chase at his finest. His constant non- sequiturs and alluring charm make him a force to be reckoned with in CADDYSHACK. I sing “I was born to love you, I was born to lick your face” to my girlfriend all the time.
  • Bill Murray. Another SNL-alum came in to his own here. Murray makes the most of his relatively small screentime with some truly genius adlibs and bits of dialogue, from the Cinderella story speech to quoting Jean Paul Sartre.
  • Rodney Dangerfield. Probably the first time someone was able to capture Dangerfield’s stand up persona and humor in such a perfect role. His cockiness and jabs at Judge Smails are truly classic.
  • The runaway yacht sequence, especially the bug eyed guy who abandons ship.
  • Maggie’s random but adorable Irish accent
  • Doody!
  • Rat farts!
  • Harold Ramis: As his directorial debut, Ramis is smart to let everyone play to their strengths and ad lib with relish. He also nails the tone of the flick, which is made fairly difficult with the onscreen inclusion of the puppet gopher.
  • Actual nudity. Cindy Morgan, my childhood thanks you.
  • The gopher. He may be a cheap puppet, but no critter has ever won its way in to my heart, even with his weird flipper laugh.
You may have noticed that none of these things include the “main” character Danny Noonan or his romantic and scholarship subplots, but even though he may be the most bland member of the story, the way he’s interwoven in to the various plot lines only helps to highlight their strengths, ensuring that CADDYSHACK is the sum of its very funny parts.
THE EXTRAS
CADDYSHACK: The Inside Story. This hour and a half documentary on the film aired on the Biography Channel in 2009 and is really in depth, even if it doesn’t feature much of the main cast members. (No Murray or Chase.) It’s still a well rounded doc (thought runs a little longer than it shoul), that’s part retrospective from Ramis and assorted remaining cast, as well as part making of with old footage and pictures to go along with the stories.

CADDYSHACK: The 19th Hole: This half hour feature is taken from the previous DVD release and features Chevy Chase and some deleted material that’s a blast to watch.

Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
CADDYSHACK is a comedy classic and a film that plays to the strengths of it’s unbelievably talented cast. You won’t believe that golf could be this funny. Diehard fans of the film should considering upgrading for the better image quality, as well as the hour and a half documentary included on this Blu Ray.

Extra Tidbit: There is a Caddyshack Restaurant and Bar in Florida owned by Bill Murray (and his brothers) and writer Brian Doyle-Murray
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