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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Caddyshack 2 is a raunchy romp from 1988 that hands insults to just about everyone equally and purports to stand up for the working stiff against the prejudice and condescension of the upper crust. Unearned privilege and bias against those who have less is the underlying subject of this comedy. The hero, a guy who made money in construction, is proudly "ethnic," and stands out in habits and accent from the WASP-y country-club types his daughter wants to be accepted by. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "ass." There's some innuendo, and adults drink alcohol. A comical ex-military covert op expert is hired by the club's president to blow Jack up before he can win an important golf match. Cars and fruit explode. An aggressive lawyer suggests he will beat down an adversary's door, roast his dog, and eat it.
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What's the story?
Jack (Jackie Mason) is a good guy in CADDYSHACK 2. He knows who he is -- an Armenian Joe Blow who made a mint in construction. He treats his employees well, deliberately losing in poker to one because the guy has many kids to feed. His right-hand man is a black woman and he proudly builds housing for low- and middle-income families. His daughter, Kate (Jessica Lundy), is nice but wants to be more like her new fancy Ivy League-school friends. To cement her position with these superficial jerks, she begs her dad to become a member of an exclusive golf club. Jack can afford the membership and is willing to join for his daughter, but the club president (Robert Stack) learns his wife (Dina Merrill) has been protesting at Jack's construction site to keep low-income people out of her neighborhood. The club bars Jack's admission, so Jack gets even by buying the club from the majority owner, Ty (Chevy Chase, who played a key role in the first Caddyshack). Jack views the country club set as beyond dull, too white, and too white-bread to be anything but the punchlines of his constant jokes. Will the spokesman for the working stiff win the day in the golf game that determines who owns the club and whether the low-income housing gets built? Will Katie drop the stuck-up trust fund kid and embrace the hardworking caddy (Jonathan Silverman) who will treat her well? Those questions are resolved at the end.
Is it any good?
This sequel is an unashamedly coarse and silly comedy that squirts juvenile humor at the audience the way a skunk confronts a speeding sedan. The whole endeavor is a little pointless, but the nature of the smell is unmistakable. Watch for a gleeful performance by Dyan Cannon and Mason as they tango with abandon at the stuffy golf club before an appalled audience. Also satisfying is to see club members Jack has "purchased" at the golf club's charity "slave" auction spending the day lugging lumber and bags of concrete at Jack's construction site. Caddyshack 2 attempts a message of decency, but there is no sense of reality, which is as it should be in a comedy like this.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about over-the-top comedy. Is it fun watching a rich guy play golf inside his house? Why?
Caddyshack 2 is often silly and raunchy, but it tries to make an important point about the dangers of prejudging others based on net worth, last name, ethnicity, or alma mater. Do you think the movie succeeds in getting its message across?
Have you seen the original Caddyshack? How does this sequel compare?
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