To attempt a critical evaluation of orions new caddyshack is a little like describing the esthetic qualities of an outhouse. Its jokes are almost entirely scatological deriving from such socially questionable practices as farting vomiting and nose picking. In one protracted sequence a chocolate candy bar afloat in a swimming pool is mistaken for a turd. Causing the pool to empty in a jaws parody it closes with bill murray finding the bar and biting into it causing a nearby matron to faint dead away. Quiet good taste that what I like. Having established the level of humor in the Brian Doyle-Murray Harold Ramis Douglas Kenney screenplay I can only add that its large and manic cast, drawn mainly from television, sustains that level with a chilling persistence while Johnny Mandel’s score seems intent on burying everything beneath its deafening roar.
Caddyshack is yet another Animal House spinoff Ramis and Kenney were among the authors of that earlier work and they have a lot to account for. In Caddyshack the locale is moved from raucous fraternity row to the more staid confines of Bushwood Country Club where caddy Michael O’Keefe is bucking to win the clubs college scholarship. Blustery club president Ted Knight takes advantage of the situation by dime-tipping the boy and using him to mow the lawn, meanwhile extolling the virtues of thrift and good behavior. Playboy Chevy Chase a virtuoso golfer whos much too laid back ever to keep score sides with O’Keefe if anyone. Theres to be a big playoff match among the caddies to determine who wins the scholarship, and that’s about as much plot as you all find.
Its typical of Harold Ramis’s giving out that O’Keefes winning ball is tipped into the cup by an huge explosion, the upshot of one of the greens-keeper Murrays more easy-minded efforts to rid the course of gophers which he first interprets as golfers. As the 15th green becomes a crater and an earsplitting fireball hovers above, one wonders if the mechanics of the gag dont anyhow dwarf the gag itself. Similarly by now Rodney Dangerfields high-powered yacht comes crashing beside upon Knights newly christened sailboat the humor is drifting in Knights obvious pride and affection for his craft. Indeed its the one become early in the movie that I felt any pity for an on the other hand the whole unlovable setting.
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