Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Caddyshack (1980)

Caddyshack... could this film in fact be the funniest and best satire looking at the seperation of classes in America? I say yes. Caddyshack is directed by Harold Ramis who also gave us favorites such as Animal House and Ghostbusters. Ramis casts a young Michael O'Keefe in his third film as Danny Noonan, a lower class teen trying to save money for college to please his father.
Danny's crooked-toothed smile and naive outlook on life presents a refreshing discourse to characters like Tony D'Annunzio, a character which any Judge Smails would look down upon. Although Danny may have a better shot at breaking through the barrier between lower and uppoer class than Tony, we see in the end that he doesn't fit in, and frankly doesn't want to. A life lesson which he is taught by Ty Webb played by Chevy Chase.
Caddyshack was still early in Chase's career, being his seventh appearance on the big screen. And although it is early in his career, he is no amateur at comedy. Many of his scenes that have sent viewers to tears were improve.
Overall; the story of Danny Noonan and his quest to overcome social barriers combined with an insane man with new money, Ty Webb's hysterical golf techniques, and groundskeeper Carl's endless pursuit to kill an adorable yet tricky gopher (not golfer)
make Caddyshack one of my favorite comedies of all time.

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