YMMV / Caddyshack

  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Mr. Wang, Al's East Asian guest. But that's minor compared what the film does to WASPs and Irish-Americans.
    Czervik: I hear this place is restricted, Wang, so don't tell them you're Jewish.
  • Awesome Music / Ear Worm: The theme song "I'm Alright". It is Kenny Loggins.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The synchronized swimming during the pool scene.
  • Cult Classic
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Sequel? What sequel?
  • First Installment Wins
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Cindy Morgan's Ms. Fanservice moments and nudity? She objected to it, but she got put on the phone with the producer, who blackmailed her into it, saying she would never work in Hollywood again if she didn't go through with it.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: After Harold Ramis' death, none other than Barack Obama stated that he had hopefully achieved total consciousness.
  • Memetic Mutation: Every golf-related scene and quote has been hijacked and parodied by sports channels. Actually, this movie's created so many memes that a Saturday Night Live sketch in the late 1990s had Bill Murray, the night's guest host, present a Parody Commercial for the book The Quotable Caddyshack. The ad argues that if you're a guy, knowing Caddyshack memes is vital to relating to other guys.
    • "Now, how 'bout a Fresca?"
    • "...so I got that goin' for me."
  • Narm: Maggie, angry at Danny for making her pregnant, yells "Thanks for Nothing!" before leaving. Her accent on this quote somewhat makes it this.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Danny has a girlfriend. Oh, maybe she's pregnant! She isn't? OK, forget it. (Actually an inversion: the residual romantic plot is what's left of the movie's main plot line after the comedy bits took over and stole most of the movie's running time.)
  • Scapegoat Creator: Harold Ramis and Peter Torokvei for the second movie. They're the credited writers, but they actually backed out when Rodney Dangerfield did. Uncredited writers finished the script. According to Ramis, he wanted to have his name removed, but executives convinced him that would only cause bad publicity once the trades found out.
  • Sequelitis: The second movie came out almost a decade later, only brings back one original cast member (Chevy Chase) and Suspiciously Similar Substitutes of the first movie's main characters who hit the same beats story-wise.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Smails is unquestionably being a dick when he tells Danny "The world needs ditch-diggers, too!", but it turns out, yeah; there's really nothing wrong with working blue-collar (and in Real Life, the pay is usually pretty good).
    • This gets so much worse in the second movie. The "snobby" country club members do virtually nothing wrong except act slightly rude to Jackie Mason's character, and that's because he's genuinely rude and annoying too. Not to mention he wants to build low-income housing around their property just to spite them and turns their country club into a gaudy amusement park.
    • Everything said about Jackie Mason above also applies to Rodney Dangerfield in the original. It'd be a lot easier to accept Smails as the old-money snob he's meant to be (a few Kick the Dog moments with Danny notwithstanding) if Czervik wasn't such an obnoxious buffoon who almost seems to go out of his way to offend as many people as he can.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The sequel. It's typical for the follow-up to a successful film to try to recapture what made the original a hit, but Caddyshack II went to extremes, with having another theme by Kenny Loggins just the beginning. And it's not just having a similar plot or new characters filling the same roles as those of the original, but the sequel has Suspiciously Similar Substitutes for many of the first film's scenes and gags too.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Actually, some have argued that Chevy Chase makes the second film almost worth watching on his own, just because of his making no attempt at all to hide his utter contempt for the script, until his final appearance looking at a non-existent watch and saying he has to go could easily come off as Chase himself instead of the character.
  • Vindicated by History: Only an average success at release, has gone on to become one of the most memorable comedies of all time.
    • Vindicated by Cable: ...almost certainly due to frequent rotation in edited form on CBS, among other places.