Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A Cinderella Story

I know this is just on the cusp of the 80's, it barely counts as an 80's film, but it is such a great movie. Caddy Shack is a disjointed comedy detailing stories all over the place from a young caddy trying to get money to go to college to a couple of millionaires betting thousands of dollars on a game of golf. The only thing holding these random scenes and characters together is the game of golf. This film was produced in 1980 and has a great cast including Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray.
This is definitely not your typical 80's film, because it was just too early to have those same themes. Money of course was involved, and the way these millionaires gambled made it seem very 80's. It dealt a lot with class and religions. There were characters representing just about every kind of person. The rich person, the poor person, the foreigner, the beautiful blond, a priest and a rabbi, the obnoxious comic relief. My absolute favorite character in this movie is Carl, played by Bill Murray. He is a demented "assistant greens-keeper" who chases after a gofer while continually rambling nonsense under his breath. The famous pool scene when everyone believes that someone has gone number two in the pool is hilarious. Carl picks up the "log in question" and says "it's okay!" and takes a bite, letting everyone know that it is just a Baby Ruth that someone had thrown in the water. This movie is full of slapstick humor and some really random scenes that make the plot of the movie very confusing. There might not even be a real plot, the point of the movie being to make the audience fall over laughing, forgetting about the plight of young Danny trying to make it to college.
Would I recommend it to the 80's film viewing community? Definitely, we all seem to have a pretty good sense of humor about these movies, great as some of them are we can still pick them apart as corny or terrible. Plus, this movie has a little bit of something for everyone, action (well if you count Carl bombing the golf course and the yacht scene), sex, and completely impossible situations that make the movie great.

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