January 22, 2017

“Caddyshack” scores beautiful Blu-ray treatment for 30th birthday


BY SEAN O’CONNELL

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“Caddyshack” (Blu-ray)
“Hey everybody! We’re all going to get laid!”

“Caddyshack” is a bona fide classic, a beloved river of rude one-liners from a dream team of comedians that has cemented its spot atop Hollywood’s movie mountain.

Is it as funny as people remember? Probably not. You could argue that Rodney Dangerfield is funnier in “Back to School.” Chevy Chase definitely is funnier in “Fletch” and the first “Vacation.” And Bill Murray is ten times funnier in “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day.” You get the idea. But together — while coupled with the late, great Ted Knight and a motley crew of drunken hooligans — this ensemble carried “Caddyshack” to another level. And over the years, it stayed there.

The supplemental features on Warner’s 30th anniversary Blu-ray try to explain why so many people love “Caddyshack,” and why the folks responsible for it really don’t remember much about the making of the film. (Hint: Drugs and alcohol wiped away most of their memories.)

“Caddyshack: The 19th Hole,” which has outtakes and vintage interviews, gets bonus points for actually getting one of the leads — Chevy Chase — to comment on camera about the film. The more-comprehensive but strangely less effective “Bio Caddyshack: The Inside Story” goes deep into the filmmaking process with Harold Ramis, who was directing his first film and tasked with recreating “Animal House” on a golf course. But Murray and Chase are absent, as are Dangerfield and Knight (even in dated clips). Just about everyone else involved in the movie stop by to contribute their two cents. And Ramis is more than happy to reminisce, which is great.

So why do we love “Caddyshack” so? It’s still hard to tell. The creatives obviously had a blast making it, and a decent amount of that unchecked insanity transferred to the film. As a movie, it’s a shambles. But as a tapestry of infinitely quotable moments (compiled here in a tight, five-minute package), “Caddyshack” has few peers.

The movie – *** out of 4
The DVD – ***1/2

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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