Saturday, June 11, 2016

Caddyshack II (1988)

Director: Allan Arkush

Writers: Harold Ramis, PJ Torokvei

Composer: Ira Newborn

Starring: Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Dina Merrill, Jonathan Silverman, Brian McNamara, Marsha Warfield, Paul Bartel, Jessica Lundy, Chynna Phillips, Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The shack is back!

Plot: When a crass new-money tycoon's membership application is turned down at a snooty country club, he retaliates by buying the club and turning it into a tacky amusement park.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.

I caught this in the late 80s and I can't remember much of anything except that Jackie Mason was in it.  That's not good.  As a film on its own, it's not so bad but there aren't enough genuine laughs to make it worthwhile.  I'm a huge fan of so many people in this that there's no way I could pass it up anyway.  But if you look at it as a sequel to one of the greatest comedies of all time then it's even worse.  It's a loud, blustery 80s comedy that only sometimes works.  Mason isn't utilized as well as Rodney Dangerfield was in the first picture which is too bad.  Mason is funny as shit but not in this one.  Robert Stack plays a good stuffy rich guy that tries to foil Jackie's plans.  He doesn't bring the funny like Ted Knight did in the first one but he's great in the role.  It's the character that's not written to be funny.  Dyan Cannon is delightful as always.  Dan Aykroyd is over the top with a voice that grates on me.  The story is fine but there's that little piece of magic that made the first film so much fun.  It was less polished than this one and less forced as if it were more organic.  That film was the kind of magic that captures an audience.  This one plays kids' birthday parties.  The Warner Bros. DVD brings you the film in fullscreen with bupkiss for extras. 

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