Caddyshack

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

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 33 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.

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
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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMrCrab August 21, 2009

over-rated.

An over-rated movie not deserving of its classic status. Bill Murray was pure gold and Mr. Dangerfield had his moments but overall, this falls flat on its face.... Continue reading
Adult Written byJensenbretty September 26, 2018

Watched it with my baby

Totally watched this with my 6 day old baby and he has grown up to be a very fine young man.
So...... let’s dance!
Teen, 13 years old Written byfelicel April 15, 2020

Teen - Age 13

Great sport comedy but not for kids because of sex swearing, and drinking.
Kid, 9 years old August 10, 2019

Not for kids my age

Inappropriate also not mainly about the gopher all about golf

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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