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Caddyshack II Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 May 1999

Caddyshack 2

Warner Home Video
MPAA rating: PG
starring: Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd
release year: 1988
film rating: One-and-a-Half Stars
reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein

The publisher of The Audio Revolution, Jerry Del Colliano, maintains that ‘Caddyshack II’ is the worst movie ever made. With all due respect to my employer, the competition for the status of the worst film in history is fierce and I cannot in good conscience say that ‘Caddyshack II’ has what it takes to earn that distinction. Some of the performers gamely give entirely decent performances under the circumstances; the script by Harold Ramis & Peter Torokvei, while inane, is at least more or less coherent, with an actual plot arc; technical credits are professional if certainly unspectacular; director Allan Arkush gets one genuinely funny shot of a dancing poodle. However, ‘Caddyshack II’ is still remarkably lame.

In ‘Caddyshack II,’ rich but blue-collar construction mogul Jack Hartunian (Jackie Mason), a self-made millionaire, attempts to fit in with the snooty country club set to please his class-conscious daughter. Jack doesn’t fit in with the old money crowd, who he in turn despises as a bunch of narrow-minded snobs. A war of legal threats and practical jokes results, culminating in a golf match to determine whether Jack will keep both the country club fairway (which he has acquired and accessorized as a miniature golf course) and his construction business or lose everything. No fair guessing how it comes out.

It’s impossible to tell who the makers of ‘Caddyshack II’ thought their audience was. Golf fans who loved the original ‘Caddyshack’ will be outraged that there’s barely any golf at all until well over an hour into the film, which qualifies as bait-and-switch, given the advertising. Nearly everyone else will squirm in boredom at the predictable slapstick, banal romantic subplots and the overall lecture on class prejudice. This last is a reasonable topic for comedy or drama, but here it’s so broadly drawn that it might as well have come from a Saturday morning cartoon. The humor isn’t cruel or offensive, but nearly all of the jokes fall flat.

‘Caddyshack II’ is woefully unhip and uninspired, looking very much like a product made to cash in on the success of the original rather than because anybody thought they had a good idea for a sequel. Spectacularly bad films usually require initial ambition on somebody’s part -- at some point, one or more of the filmmakers has to believe they’re on to something unique. Nobody involved in ‘Caddyshack II’ seems to be laboring under that delusion. The results are not memorably terrible, but they’re still bad.

more details
sound format:
English Dolby Surround Stereo; French Dolby Digital Mono
aspect ratio(s):
1:3:3 (modified from original theatrical format)
special features: French Language Track; English Closed-Captioning; Chapter Search
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reference system
DVD player: Kenwood DV-403
receiver: Kenwood VR-407
main speakers: Paradigm Atom
center speaker: Paradigm CC-170
rear speakers: Paradigm ADP-70
subwoofer: Paradigm PDR-10
monitor: 27-inch Toshiba

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