Time: 99 mins.
Though I'd heard for years about CADDYSHACK and how funny it was, I was never very interested in actually seeing it. I was too young when it was originally released in the theater and I kind of thought it was beneath my quality film viewing standards. Poo in the pool. Getting hit in the nuts with a golf ball. Childish and boring. The fact that Rodney Dangerfield is a main character didn't help to win me over either. However, after watching it recently, I have to say, that sometimes there is a place for poo in the pool.
CADDYSHACK is a classic 80's comedy with all the accoutrements: drinking, drugs, class wars, teen age sex, bare breasts (before the invention of silicon) and mass destruction qualities you never see anymore in these politically correct times. Dangerfield is beyond uncouth, Knight is more uptight than the Pope and Murray is just plain crazy. It's a joy to behold. I even found Chevy Chase to be amusing.
The film basically follows the story of Danny Noonan (O'Keefe), a young caddy trying to create a future for himself. His parents are desperate for him to go to college, but he doesn't know what he wants his future to be. In an attempt to please them and he believes himself, he sucks up to the owner of the country club, the Judge (Knight) in order to win the caddy scholarship. But Danny's more of a rebel than he realizes because he can't seem to fit in with the upper crust. He really tries, but it's no use. He's just a regular guy at heart.
Of course, there's great tension and animosity between Dangerfield and Knight, with Knight's upper crust snob losing every time. This was before snobs were cool. Murray is downright hysterical as a deranged grounds keeper obsessed with killing gophers. It's worth sitting through this film for his scenes alone. It made me remember why I like him so much and wish he would work more often. I've never been a huge fan of Chevy Chase, but his performance in this film made me understand what some of the hubbub is all about. It's too bad neither he nor Murray are offered roles even close to the level of their talent anymore. At least we can still watch this one.
Part of the joy of watching CADDYSHACK is remembering how much fun movies in the 80's could be. Sex, drugs and dancing gophers. What more could you ask for?