YMMV / Caddyshack

  • 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.
  • Hype Backlash: Given how much praise this movie gets as a comedy classic, many new viewers tend to go in feeling let down by the movie's directionless plot and odd pacing, both of which were byproducts of the film's rather Troubled Production (as detailed in the "Trivia" tab).
  • 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."
      • Which is nice.
    • "Well? We're waiting!"
    • "Cinderella story, out of nowhere..."
  • 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. Even the daughter of Mason's character berates him for ruining the club, and is portrayed as an ungrateful Spoiled Brat for doing so.
      • The low-income housing being constructed wasn't actually being done out of spite, it was so people could afford a decent place to live. The construction started long before the events of the film. In fact, Hartounian's establishing character moment is when he deliberately loses a card game (at the construction site) to an employee who needed the money to support his family and is shown treating his employees with respect and generosity. Hartounian's conflict with the "snobby" country club members started when said members were protesting over the destruction of a long-gone estate, claiming that an about-to-fall-down carriage house (nothing more than four walls about to fall down and a plastic lawn chair) and a brook (actually a storm drain) were worthy of historical preservation. He only joins the club at the insistence of his daughter who was friends with Miffy and wanted to climb the social ladder (she later realizes she was wrong and reconciles with her father). When Hartounian and Club President Chandler Young meet, they agree to let their lawyers handle matters. The conflict didn't escalate until after winning all the bids at a club "slave auction" for charity and putting them to work at his construction site to show them what an honest-day's work is like. The club members then disrupt his construction project and business out of spite over the charity stunt using their connections to the city to cut off the his company office's power and utilities and taking his construction permits away. That's when Hartounian bought their club and turned it into a garish amusement park. It gets even worse when the Chandler hires a (comically incompetent) hitman to kill him, first with a car bomb (which destroy's Chanlder's Rolls Royce) and an exploding golf ball during a tournament (which literally blows up in their faces thanks to a certain gopher).
    • 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.
      • However, unlike Czervik, Hartounian is more down-to-earth, has a daughter he loves (and raises her to not be a Spoiled Brat), spends time with his employees and constructs low-income housing for altruistic reasons, not because he wants to make a profit. Apart from his "sweet-talking" lawyer, he also clearly doesn't rely on a Moose and Rocko to handle "debt collection". And say what you will about Smails, but at least he didn't abuse his legal powers to disrupt Czervik's construction business, nor did he hire a hitman, making Chandler Young more of an outright villain.
  • 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.
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