Caddyshack II (1988)

It really hurt my feelings when I went to the IMDb page for Caddyshack II. The current rating is 3.8/10, and it gets worse on RottenTomatoes, where the numbers are 4% critics score and 18% audience score. 

I love this movie. If I had to come up with a reason why my only excuse may be that I’ve been watching it since I was a kid. We used to own this film on VHS, and I can say I’ve spent a good portion of my childhood on the links at Bushwood Country Club. People will always tell me that Caddyshack is the far superior film, and they may be right; however, I never watched that old until I was a teenager. 

This sequel only brought back one character from the first one, Ty Webb, played by Chevy Chase. Everything else is new and boring, I mean exciting. When Jack Hartounian (Jackie Mason) decides to join a country club for the sake of pleasing his daughter, Kate (Jessica Lundy). When he begins to butt heads with the club President Chandler Young (Robert Stack), Jack buys the entire club and converts it to a theme park. Of course, like the previous movie, one epic round of golf will determine the fate of all the main characters involved. 

I think one of the reasons why I enjoy this film is because it’s fun. The story or the characters may not be funny, but the entire plot is entertaining. The attractions at every hole turn a relatively quiet atmosphere into a circus. As a kid, I couldn’t wait to watch the scenes where people had to putt and hope for the best. 

It was hard to replace Bill Murray as the groundskeeper, although they decided to up the character and bring in a crazy former military specialist played by Dan Akyroyd. This time around, instead of ruining the finale showdown by accident, he’s hired to purposely bring an end to the game. 

We all know that comedy sequels are so hit and miss. Caddyshack II would be a huge miss for so many people. I, on the other hand, love to be different. If I had a choice to own either golf movies, it would be this one, no questions asked. I won’t give this a movie a great score because I do understand that this film is flawed from start to finish. 5/10

 


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