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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Caddyshack


****½
Caddyshack. Comedy.

Directed by: Harold Ramis.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight




I was shocked that this wasn't in our VHS library, so I bought the DVD and we watched it with the boys.

There's a lot going on at the exclusive Bushwood Country Club. Caddy Danny Noonan is hoping for the caddy scholarship, and his best bet is to kiss up to Judge Smails (Ted Knight). Judge Smails meets his nemesis in the uncouth Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), who's thinking of buying the club. Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) is a rich playboy who refuses to take anything seriously and is full of skewed advice for Danny, who he takes under his wing.

And then there's Carl Spackler (Bill Murray), the assistant groundskeeper who's tasked with killing the golfers gophers.

This is such a classic comedy. I was surprised at how long it had been since I'd seen it, because so many of the scenes remained so vivid--the Baby Ruth bar in the pool, "see the ball, be the ball," the multiple attacks on the gophers.

I was about to say that this was a comedy without a message, but I realized it's not, really--it's about pretension. You end up rooting for the characters without it--Ty, Danny, and even Carl and Al--and sneering at the pretentious caddies and Judge Smails.

One thing I didn't really remember from watching this before: Chevy Chase was surprisingly hot. Or maybe I'm just drawn to quirkiness.

Anyway, fun stuff. The boys enjoyed it, too.


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