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Classic '80s comedy; not for kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not much of a positive message amidst the cheating, sexual promiscuity, racism, greed, and general obnoxiousness.
Positive Role Models
No good role models.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild fistfights; an uncle attempts to club a young man caught sleeping with his niece. Carl uses explosives to kill a stuffed gopher.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to masturbation; female nudity, graphic sex scenes.
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Very strong language and sexually explicit language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Marijuana references; scenes of teenagers smoking joint. Carl is chronically drunk or stoned.
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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.
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PG-13 for sexual content and nudity
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Damaging portrayals of women and sexuality
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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?
- In theaters: July 25, 1980
- On DVD or streaming: 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.
- Last updated: March 3, 2023
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