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I’ve never seen the original Caddyshack movie in its entirety. Not because I haven’t wanted to or had the time. The bits and pieces I have seen have never compelled me to see the whole movie. Despite an impressive cast, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Chevy Chase, and the Murray brothers Bill and Brian, it’s one of the most overrated comedies of all time.
The first Caddyshack, from 1980, is essentially about a bunch of morons, including some successful snobs. The sequel, from 1988, is about Jack Kartunian (Jackie Mason), a wealthy man who owns an excellent construction company. He treats his employees well and is loved by everyone with whom he does business. He can’t get into a fancy, snobby, waspy, Anglo-Saxon country club, because of his ethnic background. He is Jewish and Armenian and has a working class attitude about life. He is not someone who’s going to be pushed around or denied things by rich snobs.
He decides that if he can’t get into this snobby country club the old fashioned way by applying and being accepted, he’ll do the next best thing and buy it. His friend Ty (Chevy Chase), just happens to own Bushwood Country Club. Naturally, that pisses off the snobby leadership and membership of the club and they go to war with Kartunian to get their club back.
This movie has a lot of funny scenes. Kartunian buys the snobby Bushwood members in an auction and puts them to work at his construction company building a house. These people are completely unprepared to work there and make complete assholes of themselves, dressed for playing golf.
I can’t end this post without mentioning that Dyan Cannon is also in the movie. She’s fifty years old, at this point, and still a hot, adorable, and sexy babe. She plays Jack Kartunian’s new love interest at a time when Jack is not getting along with his daughter who wants to be a member of the old Bushwood Club. This is one of the funniest movies of all time and one of the few examples of ordinary Americans beating the snobs and enjoying enjoy the better life, so to speak.