One Of The Funniest Comedies Of All Time! (by britishdominion)
Crudeness doesn't come much more, well, crude, than 1980's sublime "Caddyshack". In fact, this crazy quilt takes the slob groundwork laid by "National Lampoon's Animal House" and one-ups that collegiate comedy classic by having a carelessly mean, anarchic spirit a mile wide and a foot deep. It's little surprise that writer/director Harold Ramis and co-writer Douglas Kenney were also scribes on that 1978 John Belushi hit. As "Caddyshack" shows, the classic us-versus-them scat-humor template is alive and well. But this is not just a crass comedy, <more>
it's a HAPPILY crass comedy, that does just about whatever it wants as it casually wanders through it's 90-odd minutes. The DNA of "Caddyshack" resides somewhere in the cinematic in-between world of the aforementioned "Animal House" and a Three Stooges or W.C. Fields picture. There's a giddiness to its nose-thumbing, and a general pleasure in its coarse eagerness to offend.The screenplay forms a functional spine for what actually amounts to a comedy collision course of witty asides, broad physical comedy, dirty jokes, varied comedic styles and big explosions.But is there really a screenplay here? The film has such a loose and free-wheeling timbre to it that it would be hard not to fault the viewer in thinking that the film was largely improvised, or at least rewritten by committee on set, scene by scene.This film was widely *rumoured* to be "under the influence" during shooting, but whatever the cast and crew were "using" seemed to work very much in favor of movie, as the flick turned out to be editorially messy and open-structured, yet well-paced and coherent enough to embrace the variety of comedic opinions squeezed into the picture. This is what you get - a smörgåsbord of laughs. You get a Chevy Chase doing his ironic bit, you have one Bill Murray essaying a bizarre-o mental case, good old Ted Knight going into slow-burn histrionics every scene, and Rodney Dangerfield stealing every scene with large chunks of his stand-up act. This shouldn't work, this mix - but it does. Very well. Again, the looseness of the pace and tone of the film forgive some of the storytelling framework featuring young go-getter Michael O'Keefe's attempt to get a college scholarship during one crazy summer caddying for Bushwood Country Club's weirdest members. Instead, Ramis, Kenney and Bill's brother Brian Doyle Murray set each of these comedians up with sketch-like scenarios for some of their finest and funniest work.The movie is mean in all the right places - It's the snobs against the slobs, as the advertising says. "Caddyshack" takes barbed pot-shots at the class system, at sex, at religion, at bodily functions. No joke is too risqué, no candy bar too gross to eat from the bottom of a empty pool. It has lots of swearing, nudity for nudity's sake, and insults for the pompous and pathetic. Even through its R-rated mean-spiritedness, it's hard to truly be turned off of the film's antagonistic spirit - it earns it's laughs because it's breathlessly paced and damned funny. This is the thematic mold that the Farrellys and Adam Sandler rarely get right. "Caddyshack" is endlessly quotable, and surely if you sat around with a few friends anytime in the last 25 years, you could probably spend a good hour reciting lines and scenes that still hold all their glorious funny these many years later. The movie's best scene? My award goes to the "Night Putting" sequence where Chevy Chase's Ty Webb and Bill Murray Carl the Greenskeeper finally meet up when Chase fires a Titleist through the window of Murray's lean-to shed-slash-residence. This never fails to get big laughs, and it's a real meeting of the minds. A great sequence for the Comedy Hall of Fame, I'd say. Kenny Loggins' catchy songs "I'm Alright" anyone? and the jazzy Johnny Mandel ! orchestral score add a unexpectedly lovely sheen that spit-shines the crudity of subject and filmmaker's style. They're nice touches.You can put "Caddyshack" next to "Casablanca" or "Citizen Kane" - not just in the "C" section of your local video store, but as in "Classic". Comedies don't come much funnier than this. BTW - skip "Caddyshack II". Everything that this one is, that one isn't.
Old enough to be considered a classic. This is how the National Lampoon/SNL movies should work but rarely have. Snapshot of a few days at exclusive country club follows several divergent story lines leading to climatic golf match. Chevy's flaky Ty Webb and Murray's degenerate groundskeeper are unforgettable characters among a bevy of memorable parts. Followed eight years later by a sequel as utterly bad as this is good. 10/10
"--Oh, there won't be any money, but on your deathbed, you will receive...total consciousness--" (by jhclues)
`National Lampoon's Animal House' may have been one of the first comedies to evolve from the `Saturday Night Live' generation, but it could be argued that `Caddyshack,' directed by Harold Ramis-- and which features two SNL alumni, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray-- actually spawned the entire `SNL genre,' of films, because this is the one that seemed to lock in that formulaic irreverence toward all things, of which they are so indicative. The story here revolves around a young man named Danny Noonan Michael O'Keefe , a caddy at the upscale Bushwood Country Club, who is <more>
bucking for a caddy scholarship to get him into college. Danny figures that the best shot he has at it is to volunteer for the assignment none of the other caddies want-- to caddy for the up-tight Judge Smails Ted Knight , one of the executive directors of Bushwood, and `kiss up' a bit. Smails responds by letting Danny mow his lawn and attend a christening ceremony for his new yacht. But Danny is not one to be deterred, even when the good Judge tells him `The world needs ditch diggers, too.' He just goes on, keeping his eyes and his options open.And it isn't long before Danny gets involved with Ty Webb Chase , an independently wealthy goof-ball with a Zen/Chaplin philosophy of life, whose father was one of Judge Smails' partners in Bushwood. So Danny takes some advice from Ty while caddying for him; advice which just may ultimately have an effect on whether or not he gets his scholarship. Or maybe not. Words of wisdom like `Be the Ball,' and `A donut with no hole is a danish,' may not be what he needs to put him on the fast track to success. But then again, you never know; it's that kind of movie. And there's no getting around it, this is funny stuff.The humor in this movie runs the gamut from broad to subtle, with at least two sight gags thrown in that identify it as belonging to the genre it helped create. At the time of it's theatrical release, in 1980, it was fairly on the cutting edge of comedy; by today's standards, though, it doesn't seem nearly as irreverent, especially given the digressive trend in the genre lately, which has spewed forth such fare as `Freddy Got Fingered,' and `Road Trip.' Then again, this one had Harold Ramis behind the camera, and Ramis has an acute sense of comedic timing, he knows what works, and he made the most of the basic screenplay by Ramis, Brian Doyle-Murray and Douglas Kenney and the terrific cast of comedians with which he had to work, all of whom fit so well into the pattern and fabric of this particular picture.Rarely does a comedy or any film for that matter have so many actors who fit their characters so perfectly as in this film, beginning with Chevy Chase, who embodies the slightly skewed and off-center Ty Webb so well it's almost frightening. Webb is a guy who veritably floats through life in a perpetual Zen-like state of distraction, and it makes you realize that there probably really are characters like this walking around in the real world. But if the existence of a Ty Webb type is only highly probable, there's no doubt whatsoever about the fact that there are guys like Al Czervik amongst us.Rodney Dangerfield plays Czervik, the obnoxious, fun-loving, high-rolling land developer with a specially made golf club and an eye on Bushwood. In Czervik, Dangerfield creates a character who is outrageous, droll, lacks any taste whatsoever, and is entirely hilarious. It is, without question, the best character and performance of Dangerfield's cinematic career, and -- like Chase-- it's almost scary the way he fits into the character so naturally and completely.The real heart of this movie, however, is Bill Murray, who turns in what just may be the definitive Murray performance with his character, Carl Spackler, the Assistant Greenskeeper at Bushwood. Murray brings Carl, the socially and intellectually challenged man-with-a-plan, to life with subtle nuance and a flare of comedic genius. A lot of what he did in this film was improvised, including much of his two most memorable and hilarious scenes, one in which he's describing his encounter with the Dalai Lama, and the other being his soliloquy of the `Cinderella Boy' on the course at Atlanta. This is truly inspired, funny stuff, and it proves what can be done without resorting to banal vulgarity or crudeness not that this film is entirely devoid of it, but at least it's tempered here somewhat-- not so overt and in-your-face like you'll often find in some of the more recent offerings of the genre . And there's a harmless shiftiness about Carl, who is about as deep as a pan pizza, and Murray plays it all beautifully.O'Keefe gives a solid performance, as well, but he's basically the straight man here, the set-up guy for one funny situation after another. And he does it quite nicely.Also giving memorable performances are Ted Knight, as the rigid, conservative Judge, and Brian Doyle-Murray as Lou Loomis, who oversees the caddies at Bushwood.The supporting cast includes Sarah Holcomb Maggie , Scott Colomby Tony , Cindy Morgan Lacey Underall , Dan Resin Dr. Beeper , Henry Wilcoxon The Bishop , Albert Salmi Mr. Noonan , John F. Barmon Jr. Spaulding Smails and Lois Kibbee Mrs. Smails . With this film, Ramis and company honed the formula for comedy that incorporated pop culture and contemporary sensibilities into it like never before. And `Caddyshack' is an example of it in it's purest form; you'll have to look long and hard to find anything out of this same mold today that can come close to the prototype. It's one of those movies that gets even better with age-- and funnier, too. It's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 10/10.
Golf balls, that is.Granted, this one doesn't have Bluto, Flounder or Pinto.Does have a gopher, though.The plot's invariably the same: the haves against the have-nots. But the war between the classes isn't the issue here. It's laughs, and plenty of them, all served up on an eight iron on the main fairway.What fan of slob comedy doesn't know and love "Caddyshack"? The cast and crew knows what works and they milk it for all they can. Knight's at his blustering best, Dangerfield in full dominance, Chase in all his SNL-dazed glory, Murray on a comedic tear <more>
throughout, a gopher just trying to get by. And then there's Danny Noonan O'Keefe who just wants to go to college and make something of himself, caddying in the meantime.I know people who can quote every scene of this film. I'm not that far gone yet, but there are choice scenes all the way throughout. Dangerfield's intro, the golf club dinner, the swimming pool scene, Chevy's Zen-assisted golf shots, the Bishop's game, the climactic golf contest. There's plenty more, but space is limited.And through it all, the best cast you could ever hope for in this genre. Best gopher, too.If you haven't seen "Caddyshack" and call yourself a connoisseur of this kind of film, you deserve to have Bill Murray practice for the Masters in your begonias.Nine stars. And remember: a donut with no holes is a danish.
Danny Noonan & The Four Legendary Horsemen (by cultfilmfreaksdotcom)
Originally an ANIMAL HOUSE of golf, directed by its co-writer, Harold Ramis, CADDYSHACK morphed into an eclectic comedy starring four comic actors that - had the rudimentary vision sustained - probably would have been random guest appearances amid the shack-dwelling youngsters... Although a 'teen' is still the main character - the straight-man pawn, Michael O'Keefe as Danny Noonan, with one of the best natural golf swings recorded on film most actors have horrible swings even when playing pros . After an opening credit bicycle ride from a crowded and noisy, low class home, he <more>
passes a strip of mansions to classy Bushwood Country Club backed by Kenny Loggins' smooth party anthem I'm Alright: bridging a grainy late-70's yacht rock groove into the preppy vs anti-preppy decade to come...Then Danny winds in and out of misadventures including an attempt to appeal to Ted Knight's stuffy Judge Smails for a possible college scholarship while faithfully caddying his mentor in Chevy Chase's quirky millionaire Ty Webb, sharing the most subtle yet hilarious moments in-between butting heads with cool cat Italian bully Scott Colomby, the other "kid" whose role wasn't diminished to a cameo. The R-Rating is earned between our caddy and one of the hottest of underrated and underused starlets, Cindy Morgan, far more beautiful and interesting than Laurie Metcalf as Danny's knocked-up girlfriend using a bad accent of some kind , whose bland romantic melodrama should've been left on the cutting room floor...Meanwhile, Bill Murray, despite the overall popularity of his character, isn't at his best here, chasing a stuffed gopher that, getting around cooler and funnier than CGI, seems a nod to b-movies that can't afford any better... With his bottom lip hanging to pilot a contrived manner of speech, in place of his MEATBALLS and future STRIPES and GHOSTBUSTERS glib confidence, Murray's assistant groundskeeper, Carl, seeming part of an SNL skit stretched too long. Leaving ultimate fan-favorite Rodney Dangerfield as a condo developer who insults anyone within verbal/audible reach - the epitome of a scene-stealer... While we see Bushwood through the vulnerable young eyes of O'Keefe's Danny Noonan, it's Dangerfield's cocky Al Czervik who provides both the Roman Chorus and an unintentional narration, from start to finish, in a perfectly timed 97-minute ride.
Just a few lines about a great, funny, sunny movie that makes me laugh every single time I see it. I think Harold Ramis' Caddyshack works like a big, joyous block party. You can't help but like every single character, every moment of crude and lewd, right down to Brian Doyle-Murray telling a caddie to "Pick up that blood!"I think Caddyshack's peer, John Landis' Animal House is a funnier movie because of the chances it takes spearing sacred cows, but Caddyshack may be the smoother-frothier?-film because it avoids lagging at the start of the third reel, something that <more>
Landis throws in to build up steam for his big, obnoxious cherry-bomb-in-the- toilet ending. Caddyshack just ambles along, all big-heart and Lacy Underalls. Animal House is, at its core, something serious. There's an edge to the humor and to the end-of-Camelot story. I wrote a long review of AH some years ago. The boys and girls at Faber College "Knowledge is Good!" are about to smacked upside the head by the hideous specter of Vietnam. It's their last moments of freedom before the history arrives unannounced.Both have that feel of reading something hysterically funny in National Lampoon, and danged if it doesn't feel as if everyone is working his or her butt off to come up with a really good, really funny work of renegade art. What I've noticed about Caddyshack is that the power of Bill Murray ad-libbing his way through his duties as an assistant groundskeeper has, for the better part of forty years, provided inspiration for Caddyshackers to twist their mouths into a Joe Walsh mumble and utter the victorious cry, "It's in the hole!"It's what cultures are built on . . . I think.
One of the only early 80s comedies to stand the test of time (by funkyfry)
Yes, this one does hold up, perhaps because the action centers on the almost surreal for a comedy subject of golf, a topic that had not perhaps been so successfully spoofed since Eddie Cantor starred in "Kid Boots" am I getting that one right? . In the comedy contest between Murray, Chase, and Dangerfield, let me just say that Chase does not win. Dangerfield is at his best, delivering his classic lines "this meat's so tough you can see where the jockey was riding it" with ultimate panache and actually playing his crazy character reminiscent of Peter Sellars in <more>
"The Party" to the hilt. Murray is really the show-stopper, though, muttering his lines to give them emphasis ? and racing around the course with what appears to be real mania. A lot of the jokes fall flat, but when this movie is on, it's so on, that you can't help but call it a classic.
Superb comedy. Often copied but never duplicated. (by gsh999)
Dangerfield is hilarious as usual and Ted Knight is also superbly funny. I think Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield steal the show which isn't easy in a movie with Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. After watching this movie several times, however, it is Ted Knight who still gets the most laughs. His arrogant, upper-crust Judge Smails is a classic comedy performance and the perfect antagonist for Rodney Dangerfield. Bill Murray is a goofball groundskeeper who is also over-the-top stupid in his battle against a gopher. Chevy Chase is actually sort of a straight guy as the golf pro in this move <more>
and it works well for him. I have seen many attempts to copy this movie over the years but rarely has there been anything that came close. 8/10
This is actually one of the funniest comedies I have ever watched,seemingly with no arty ambitions which is quite a relief at times,especially when you feel low at all and with plenty of "low" humor,presented with warmth and heart.The cast makes this movie the script could have been a disaster in the wrong hands and with the wrong actors a true pleasure to watch.We get to know a young caddy named Danny with high ambitions to raise money for college one way or the other,but the true highlight is Bill Murray's somewhat dopey/crazy green keeper who spends most of his time trying to <more>
eradicate chipmunks from the golf course,with the persistence of a madman. Very early eighties in all aspects,but in a positive way. Well worth your time,especially on a gloomy day.