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Caddyshack Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s comedy; not for kids.
  • R
  • 1980
  • 130 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters are unfaithful to spouses/girlfriends, sexually promiscuous, racist, obnoxious, lewd, and greedy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No good role models.


Some mild fistfights; an uncle attempts to club a young man caught sleeping with his niece. Carl uses explosives to kill a stuffed gopher.


References to masturbation; female nudity, graphic sex scenes.


Very strong language and sexually explicit language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Marijuana references; scenes of teenagers smoking joint. Carl is chronically drunk or stoned.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film requires a mature viewer. Younger audiences will not understand some of the sexual references. Most are blatant, including graphic sex scenes and female nudity. Many characters use profane language. The film features several offensive jokes, one that targets African-Americans and others that use derogatory names for women. Although young teens will enjoy the "edginess" of the film, much of the humor may go over their heads.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 year old Written byD.B. June 14, 2009
It had been a long time since my husband and I had seen this movie. We decided to watch it ourselves before letting our 14 year old see it. I'm glad we d... Continue reading
Adult Written byMacintyre April 9, 2008


i cannot think of why this movie was rated R. there are maybe 10 swear words in the whole thing. and they're not the F-word. this is a hilarious movie abou... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byasecoolish February 5, 2011
this is a complete classic comedy not for young kids there's language drinking crude material and brief drug use but adults and mature teens should get a k... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


Caddy shck is not a s bad as the commen sense people make it sound, Its a good movie! There's nothing in the movie kids don't hear at school or talk a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In CADDYSHACK, Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) and Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) lead the charge in unmasking the seedy underbelly of the elitist, Bushwood Country Club. When nefarious club president Judge Elihu Smails (Ted Knight) schemes to convert the golf course into a property development, Webb (a man with a lifestyle and demeanor even Hugh Heffner would envy) and Czervik (an unwelcomed, uncouth member of the club) challenge Smails to an all or nothing golf tournament. Smails' "secret weapon" (screwy groundskeeper Carl Spackler [Bill Murray]) provides much of the movie's comic relief, as he attempts to take-out a crafty gopher.

Is it any good?

At the time of its release, no film had ever pushed the envelope of crude humor like Caddyshack. Having emerged from Saturday Night Live with incredible success, legends Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were in their comedic prime. Their ability to riff one-liners and develop side-splitting characters made Caddyshack one of the most quotable films of all time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the vulgar and offensive nature of some of the characters. Parents will most likely highlight the negative repercussions of many of the characters' decisions, since there are few positive noteworthy actions.

  • Why does Bill Murray's character recklessly drink and smoke marijuana? How does Ted Knight's elitist nature isolate him from others?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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