Caddyshack (1980)

An elite country club has to deal with a brash new member and a gopher intent on destroying their beloved golf course.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 1980
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Caddyshack has a low-budget look that warmly welcomes the all-important teenage audience.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The first-time director, Harold Ramis, can't hold it together: the picture lurches from style to style (including some ill-placed whimsy with a gopher puppet) and collapses somewhere between sitcom and sketch farce.

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Sean Axmaker

Essentially Animal House on the links, it's neither as raucous nor as outrageous as that definitive college comedy but it has the same rebellious spirit and a great cast of comedy legends showing the young co-stars how it's done.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

To attempt a critical evaluation of Orion's new Caddyshack is a little like describing the esthetic qualities of an outhouse.

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This vaguely likable, too-tame comedy falls short of the mark.

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People Magazine

There is a plot to this enjoyably erratic comedy... But basically it's a framework on which the writers, two of whom (Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney) are Animal House alumni, can hang vulgar, obvious, yet often amusing gags.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Caddyshack, a derelict farce that lurches about in search of hilarious possibilities among the members and employes of a country club, is the latest misbegotten spawn of National Lampoon's Animal House.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

If you're still at the age when farting and nose-picking seem funny, then Caddyshack should knock you dead.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

There's still a lot of fun in this movie, and most of that comes from the heartfelt performances from the cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
In the vein of "us poor guys against those rich s.o.b.s" begun with Animal House comes this slapstick laden farce of the same hijinks on a snobby golf… More
Jens S.
Shocking considering all the talent involved, but this comedy from the early 80s is barely watchable for the first time today. Maybe you had to be there, but… More
Alice Shen
Kinda silly. Just okay. I was more invested in the realistic plot with the worldly cad and his ambitious caddy, played by suave Chevy Chase and earnest Michael… More
Jim Hunter
A caddy pursues one of his clients for a scholarship amidst the backdrop of several other colorful characters. As a series of sketches, this film is whimsical… More
KJ Proulx
Thirty-five years after it's original release, these comedians are pretty much in the gutter as far as comedies go. Sure, they may have popped up in the… More
Tyler Robertson
I really do envy people who were alive when this movie was made. In 1980, when people were called funny, they really were funny. Nowadays, the people considered… More