December 4, 2014 |
PEOPLE battling drug and alcohol addiction in Philadelphia are watching Hollywood movies in outpatient group therapy - on your dime. The tab can exceed $50 a person for each movie, paid by Medicaid. Clients said that some of the movies they saw - like "Caddyshack" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - had nothing to do with recovery. The films that did depict addiction, including "The Basketball Diaries," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a heroin addict, and "28 Days," with Sandra Bullock in the throes of alcoholism, made them crave the very substance they are trying to kick, they said.
August 5, 2010 |
As I see it, the world is divided into two distinct camps. There are those who believe that the 1980 film "Caddyshack" is the funniest movie ever made, and then there are those who did not stagger through the 1980s in a drunken stupor. I suppose that sounds a little harsh, but I have grown weary of the praise heaped on this third-rate movie that, in recent days, has been elevated to the level of reverence. The reason is a promotional campaign behind the release of the 30th anniversary edition of the film.
September 18, 2015 |
BILL MURRAY and his five brothers were inducted into the Western Golf Association's Caddie Hall of Fame last night. So they've got that going for them, which is nice. The vehicle for the honor, of course, was the film "Caddyshack," which starred Murray as Carl Spackler, a whacky greenskeeper "licensed to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. " Murray's brother Brian Doyle-Murray, who portrayed caddie master Lou Loomis in the movie, co-wrote the script. The cult classic is based on the zany characters the Murray brothers encountered at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Ill., which was less than three miles from Wilmette where they were raised.
July 11, 1986 |
Club Paradise, a potluck comedy, has something for all humor appetites. Robin Williams gorges on wordplay, Andrea Martin compulsively gobbles sight gags and Peter O'Toole, that gentlemanly grazer, nibbles deadpan. While these performers are on screen, this Caribbean carouse has slap-happy appeal. Trying to save a tiny island from development by entrepreneurs, Williams opens a makeshift summer camp passing for a resort, a place that only can be described as Club Meddling. Martin is a princesslike guest who chokes on pride when she learns that she must share a bathroom: "When we said private bath, we meant not open to the general public," explains Williams to Martin's hilarious rage.
February 16, 1996 |
As an assault on the snooty pretensions of professional golf, Happy Gilmore is relentlessly subpar for the coarse. I never thought or wished to live to see the day when Hollywood came up with a movie that would make Caddyshack seem like the height of sophistication, but Adam Sandler and company have managed it. The PGA tour, complete with true Brit commentators declaring reverently, "The greens have treated him scurvily all day," is arguably a...
June 14, 2013 |
Flash floods? Twisters? Hail the size of - yes - golf balls? If the U.S. Open's opening day in Merion proves the total inundated, storm-tossed washout that forecasters are predicting, here are five duffer-centric cinematic entries to celebrate the sport's transcendental pleaures - safe and dry via your TV, PC, tablet, or smartphone. And even if Tiger Woods et. al. get to play through, you might want to add these titles to your queue. Caddyshack (1980) Chevy Chase tries to score on and off the fairway, Rodney Dangerfield makes ungentlemanly noises, and Bill Murray trolls the Bushwood Country Club grounds on the hunt for Mr. Gopher in Harold Ramis' putt-and-swing send-up.
June 13, 1986 |
I mean no disrespect to Rodney Dangerfield in suggesting that Back to School is a comedy that belongs back on the drawing board. In the climax of the film, Dangerfield clambers up to the platform of a 10- meter diving board. He executes a dive that involves somersaults and pinball bounces off several springboards on the way down. But he can't get Back to School off the ground and, as was the case with Easy Money, this belly-flop of a movie isn't his fault. Even when he's doing a beer commercial with a crowd of aging jocks, Dangerfield stands out. He has only to stare bug-eyed at the camera and start to loosen his collar as if the entire world were threatening to strangle him and the laughter erupts.
February 26, 2014
THERE'S A line in the movie "Groundhog Day" that probably sums up how you feel about the recent weather. "I'll give you a winter prediction," says weatherman Bill Murray, condemned to Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney until he learns to love someone other than himself. "It's going to be cold, it's going to be gray and it's going to last you for the rest of your life. " The line was written by Harold Ramis, 69, who died yesterday after a prolonged struggle with an autoimmune disease. You probably know his name, but if you don't, know that Ramis probably made you laugh more than any writer/director/actor of his time.
June 14, 2013 |
WE WERE watching the U.S. Open on TV yesterday afternoon when out of nowhere comes a shot of a groundhog, or gopher, or some such furry creature. That immediately made us think of "Caddyshack," which then made us think of Bill Murray. Who'da thunk they had rodents on the Main Line? Anyway, how cool would it be if Murray was at the Open? We can see him now, traipsing around in his Carl Spackler hat while eating a Baby Ruth and playing in a foursome with the Dalai Lama. On the 18th fairway, Murray pulls out a 1-iron while standing next to the famous Ben Hogan plaque.
January 26, 1989 |
They wear pastels. They can't dance. They play golf. They definitely have no sense of rhythm. They're silly and selfish and spoiled. They're WASPs, the latest discovery in the movies' non-stop search for idiots and villains. It has been coming a long time, but in the wake of the big round of year- end film releases, the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant as cold, repressed fool has become so prevalent as to appear to be a cliche. But those depictions aren't likely to disappear anytime soon: they are too safe and convenient a target for filmmakers to give up on them.