One line review: Rodney Dangerfield = Happiness

Movie Title: Caddyshack

Actors: Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray

Director: Harold Ramis

Year: 1980

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: Netflix Online

Location of Viewing: Waiting Room of Hospital and Home

Viewing with: No one

Rotten Tomatoes: 76% – Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.

My rating:  **** – A Legendary movie, but with some flaws

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Thank God for Rodney Dangerfield. I honestly feel that without him this movie would have been just okay, but every time Dangerfield was on the screen I was either giggling or laughing out loud. Something about his face, his mannerisms just makes me smile. While I understand the purpose of Bill Murray, I didn’t enjoy the low brow and slap stick humor he provided. Chevy Chase’s character didn’t feel like it was meant to be laugh a minute funny so much as one-liner funny. I suppose the end result is three characters combining different comedic styles to make an awesome movie.

Now, let’s look at the movie from a more chronological standpoint. It was odd to have such “legendary” sounding music at the beginning, as if they knew it would become a classic comedy.  Also, seeing a puppet gopher as the first image of the movie only made me think of the CGI gopher of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull fame. Just think if this entire movie was made with CGI explosions and a CGI gopher (in all honesty, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was in the works already).

If people knew how bad my actor knowledge was, they would probably slap me. I didn’t know it was Chevy Chase playing Tie until about half way through the movie, and I didn’t know Bill Murray was playing Carl until I looked it up on IMDB. The only thing I really knew about this movie before I watched was Rodney Dangerfield says the phrase, “Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid” and a gopher almost gets killed in an explosion. In fact, one of my goals of watching this movie is to figure out what the hell the context is for that Dangerfield quote.

It wasn’t until the No Bare Feet / No Fighting sign gag that I laughed at the movie, over 14 minutes in. It was only when Rodney Dangerfield showed that the laughs started rolling in with no problem. As well Ted Knight (aka Judge Elihu Smails aka the Villian) was very enjoyable, if only to provide a foil for Dangerfield to annoy.  Just watching Rodney Dangerfield golfing with his magical golf bag made me happy. I honestly just wanted that to be the movie.

As I expected when watching, I managed to find a bunch of scenes that had been reference in stuff I’d seen, but just didn’t get the reference. For instance, the Family Guy / Back to the Future episode when Lois did the dramatic walk past the pool. Also, I now know where the Baby Ruth in the pool looking like a piece of crap comes from. One more, really pathetic one is Chevy Chase’s cameo in Happy Gilmore. I didn’t know why he was acting like that, I just thought that was his character. I only now realize he was referencing his own character in Caddyshack… weird.

It quickly became apparent that while I could enjoy parts of this movie, I was always anticipating the next chance to see Rodney Dangerfield. The worst part is having these hilarious Dangerfield sections mixed in with angsty, stupid teen drama plot. I’m not even sure why they needed a plot for this movie, maybe it’s some kind of requirement for a movie to have a plot.

At the point that Carl is hold up in his shack with guns and explosives, I started to wonder if Bill Murray could pull a retarded version of the Joker. Because seriously, put some face paint on him and I’d be afraid. At 1:32:40, we finally see this entire movie payoff with a series of explosion. Although I still have to give the writers credit for managing to end a golf movie with explosions.

Okay, it’s the end of the movie. My entire motivation for me picking this movie above all the others was to figure out what the hell the context is for “Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid”. And the final answer is….. nothing…. it’s just Dangerfield saying another completely random yet awesome line. In all honesty, after seeing the craziness of Dangerfield it actually makes sense despite being out of nowhere. So I’m happy.

Overall, I can understand why this is seen as a timeless movie due to the comedy trio that it features. However, I think people completely ignore or forget the actual plot involving teenagers having sex and being in love or something. In all honesty, I did my best to forget it. Even though Dangerfield makes the movie hilarious, I can’t forgive the complete distraction that is the plot. So 4 out of 5 stars, still worthy of being on the Top 101.

The next movie will be either Predator or 2001: A Space Odyssey depending on how the Netflix queue works.


2 Responses to Caddyshack

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  2. […] least): Once again I feel that nostalgia has blinded people to how good this movie is. Back in my Caddyshack review I complained that every person had seemed to forget that about half of Caddyshack focused on […]

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