With three show times over two days, the New Beverly Cinema is giving you a second chance to see this 1980 gem, where fictional Bushwood Country Club is turned upside down by its wealthy patrons’ collision course with eccentric employees and even more eccentric new members.
Caddyshack is all too often accused of being overrated due to its lack of plot and bland anti-hero, but the real masterpiece lies in its quotability. Chevy Chase’s character shoots off hilarious nonchalant comebacks like he’d dreamt about them the night before, and Murray spends the entire film with a speech impediment that lies between Sling Blade and Hunter S. Thompson.
The jokes have gone so far as to spawn a “Saturday Night Live” skit which tried to sell a leather-bound compilation of Caddyshack quotes that would make men more able to communicate in their day-to-day “manly” conversations. Masculine conversation abilities aside, there’s truly nothing finer in early ’80s American cinema than the inherent boredom of golf enjoying a spin through the comedic talents of Murray, Dangerfield and Chase.
If you’ve seen Caddyshack enough to start writing the stage version, spice up one of this weekend’s afternoon runs by coming dressed up as your favorite golfer and imagining the movie as director Harold Ramis originally would have liked – scored entirely to Pink Floyd music.
New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.newbevcinema.com.