Caddyshack

 
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Classic '80s comedy; not for kids.
  • Review Date: August 2, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1980
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

No good role models.

Violence

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

Sex

References to masturbation; female nudity, graphic sex scenes.

Language

Very strong language and sexually explicit language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:July 25, 1980
DVD release date:April 4, 2000
Cast:Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight
Director:Harold Ramis
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:130 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language, sexual content, mild violence, crude humor, and nudity.

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Adult Written byMacintyre April 9, 2008
 

great.

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 about golfing. i can't think of anything that would possibly innapropriate for teenagers. seriously.
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 did. She won't be seeing it anytime soon. Also, while this movie did have a few funny scenes (mostly involving Bill Murray) it wasn't nearly as funny as I remembered it to be. It was just OK.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 kick out of this .
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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