This week - or a few weeks in the making - Adam tasked me to watch the Cult Classic - Caddyshack. Let me first preface this with "I'm probably not in the cult." That doesn't mean anything bad - but there's a reason 28 years after the movie released I had never seen it - just wasn't ever a high priority on my film list to watch and a movie from the 1980s has a lot to do to get me interested. I first really (REALLY) got into movies probably in the late 90s/early 2000s where I watched almost any and everything I could get my hands on. Very rarely did I go backwards in time, and when I did, I got mixed success. There was the good (Gallipoli, Crocodile Dundee, Top Gun) and the bad (Taxi, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the original Friday the 13th(s)). This isn't a fact - it's strictly my opinion just as this movie review is my opinion! Caddyshack falls somewhere perfectly fine in the middle.
Some of my ire of the movie may come from the exploitation of Bill Murray as Carl Spackler as the guy who hunts the gopher (not golpher). Bill Murray has been made overly famous for roles such as this, which, IMO take away from the movie. The second key issue - there is zero plot. Or maybe 50 - depending on how you look at it. There's golf - there's the kid caddy who is trying to make money to go to college, there's the gopher, there's sex, there's some more confusing sex, and there's golf! It's a mindless movie for sure - which has a benefit and a place.
One thing Caddyshack does is take golf - a very serious sport - and make it fun(ny). Overall, Caddyshack isn't a movie I'd put in if you a.) want to be totally engaged in a film or b.) want to absolutely crack up continuously. However, if you want to relax, have a drink, and watch an 80s movie about golf with a couple dumb laughs - Caddyshack is a perfect fit.