Royale With Cheese Movie Club: “Caddyshack”

Wait – Chuck, you’ve never seen Caddyshack? The greatest golf comedy movie of all time?  Good God, how could you have never seen Caddyshack? You gotta have at least seen that scene with a Baby Ruth bar in the swimming pool –

No. no. Don’t tell me. Even though this film is over 30 years old, I’ve really never had a chance to sit down and actually WATCH it.  And after last night, when I played trivia over at Wolf’s 1-11 and there was a quadruple bonus question regarding who starred in the film, I reallized I needed to see this picture.  And it’s not like there haven’t been Caddyshack trivia questions of late – what was the name of the club, in what state was the film supposed to take place, etc., etc.  I’m sick of getting stumped on Caddyshack questions.

So after I got home from the trivia game, I checked my iTunes store to see if Caddyshack was available for download.  It was.  And now, Caddyshack is the latest chapter in the Royale With Cheese Movie Club, and I FINALLY get around to seeing it.

And I have to say… it’s a pretty funny film.

What I took from Caddyshack was that it’s not just a comedy golf movie; it’s a satire on what society considers a person to be truly successful.  Are you successful if you’re one of the nouveau riche, as Rodney Dangerfield’s character epitomizes – where your money comes from hard work and sweat in a service industry, or in Ted Knight’s character’s elected position of power and all the trappings that come with it?  Are you successful as Michael O’Keefe’s Danny Noonan character was in trying to get into law school, even though the kid had arguably the best golf swing of anyone in the film and probably could have made a ton of money (and taken both Maggie the waitress and Lacey Underall with him) on the PGA Tour?

This film can also be viewed as an environmental piece – the fact that Bill Murray’s character had to resort to Green Beret jungle tactics and practically defoliate the 15th hole just to get rid of one robotic gopher, a gopher that could rival Bugs Bunny in terms of lightning-fast tunnel boring through the golf course?  It was the equivalent of having William Tell shoot an apple off his son’s head by using a Howitzer.  HA HA HA!!

I would have loved to have seen more of Bill Murray’s character, maybe if there was a sequel to the film that actually starred Bill Murray and his adventures with the gopher, I’d pay money to see it. Oh wait, there IS a sequel to this picture?  Is Bill Murray in it?  No?  Ahh, forget it.

There’s plenty of great moments in Caddyshack, and I’m actually amazed that the film has held up so well over time.  And I Finally understand that joke about the Baby Ruth candy bar.  No, I won’t spoil it for you.  Although I suspect that someone will probably toss a Baby Ruth into the little pond at the 16th hole at FunPlex.

Oh, and by the way…

Please join Stephanie Snyder, Jeannine Trimboli, Jason Purvis and me for the first ever Times Union Community Bloggers Minigolf Tournament. We’re golfing to raise money for various charities, and you can donate to our charities by visiting this page..

Then join us on May 12, when we take on the miniature golf course at FunPlex Fun Park in East Greenbush. We’re going to have a good time, and we encourage you to join us!