ⓘ Caddyshack II

                                     

ⓘ Caddyshack II

Caddyshack II is a 1988 American sports comedy film and a sequel to Caddyshack. The film stars Jackie Mason, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase, Jonathan Silverman, and Jessica Lundy. It was written by various outside writers, but is credited to the first draft by Peter Torokvei and Harold Ramis, who also co-wrote and directed the first, and is directed by Allan Arkush. The film garnered a PG rating, in contrast to the originals R rating. The film was given scathing reviews by critics, but Kenny Loggins "Nobodys Fool" was a chart success, hitting #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

                                     

1. Plot

Kate Hartounian Jessica Lundy is the daughter of a wealthy and widowed real estate developer of Armenian and Jewish descent. Eager to improve her lot in life, she makes friends with Miffy Young Chynna Phillips, a snooty WASP girl, who encourages her and her father to join their country club.

Kate and her father, Jack Jackie Mason, apply for membership at Bushwood, the club from the first movie. Jack is a self-made millionaire, yet remains self-effacing, friendly and generous despite his wealth. His crude personality and eccentric clothing foils him on many occasions.

When the current members meet Jack, who builds low-income housing in more upscale neighborhoods, his application to join is rejected. The rejection stems from his oafish personality and an earlier confrontation with Bushwood President and Miffys father Chandler Youngs Robert Stack wife. The glamorous Cynthia Young Dina Merrill had tried unsuccessfully to persuade Jack to build his housing complex away from her neighborhood, but her less-than-subtle snobbery leads Jack to chase Cynthia with a bulldozer. Its actions like these that build a divide between Jack and Kate.

Ty Webb Chevy Chase returns, this time as the clubs majority owner, and while he admires Jack, he prefers to stay out of the way of the clubs day-to-day operations.

The elitist members of Bushwood reject Jacks membership application and pull strings to suspend his housing operation. In retaliation, Jack buys Bushwoods stock from Ty and turns it into an amusement park. Chandler, incensed at the thought of a mere "nouveau-riche" individual getting the better of him, hires Captain Tom Everett Dan Aykroyd who code-names Chandler "Mrs. Esterhaus", a shell-shocked mercenary operating out of a lunch wagon, to "discourage" Jack from building any more structures on Bushwood property. The bumbling Everett decides to use explosive golf balls to do this.

Meanwhile, Chandler uses his lawyers and connections to shut down Jacks housing construction site. Webb suggests that the dispute should be resolved like gentlemen, by facing each other in a golf match. If Chandler wins, Jack loses his construction site and the country club, and if Jack wins, he keeps Bushwood and the housing project. Despite Jacks poor performance early in the match, with luck he ties the match before the final hole. However, during the hole, Jack is faced with a 50-foot putt, while Chandler faces a simple two-foot putt. Using advice given to him by Webb before the match, Jack manages to use spiritual chanting and the adage "be the ball" to sink the nearly impossible putt. Chandler needs to sink the easy two-foot putt to tie the match. Meanwhile, Everett, who foolishly shoots himself in the buttocks with a poison dart, fails to eliminate Jack as a gopher steals his explosive ball. The mischievous gopher replaces Chandlers ball with the explosive ball, and as his family encouragingly crowds around him as he taps in his final swing, the ball bursts and Jack wins the match.

Though Kate is embarrassed by her fathers actions, she is still loyal to him, as evidenced when she commiserates to Miffy, who suggests that she change her last name from Hartounian to Hart. Bewildered at the thought of turning her back on her family name, Kate turns her back on Miffy and makes up with her father.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Dina Merrill as Cynthia Young
  • Randy Quaid as Peter Blunt
  • Brian McNamara as Todd Young
  • Dan Aykroyd as Captain Tom Everett
  • Jackie Mason as Jack Hartounian
  • Dyan Cannon as Elizabeth Pearce
  • Frank Welker voice as the Gopher
  • James Veeley Captain
  • Jonathan Silverman as Harry
  • Anthony Mockus Sr. as Mr. Pierpont
  • Chevy Chase as Ty Webb
  • Jessica Lundy as Kate Hartounian
  • Bibi Osterwald as Mrs. Pierpont
  • Marsha Warfield as Royette Tyler
  • Robert Stack as Chandler Young
  • Paul Bartel as Mr. Jamison
  • Chynna Phillips as Mary Frances "Miffy" Young
                                     

3. The Gopher

As in the first film, an animatronic gopher was used in Caddyshack II. This time, instead of tittering, the gopher was able to speak. His voice was provided by Frank Welker. Because of Bill Murrays involvement in the creation of the gopher for the first film, Murray sued producers of the film during post-production. Murray and the producers settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Industrial Light and Magic supplied the visual effects for these scenes.

                                     

4. Production

Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the original Caddyshack with Brian Doyle-Murray and Douglas Kenney, described Caddyshack II, which he co-wrote with Peter Torokvei, as "terrible." In an interview with The A.V. Club in 1999, Ramis said that,

Ramis was later quoted as saying that Dangerfield was the only one who expressed any interest in doing a sequel in the first place. Ted Knight had died two years earlier, Bill Murray was not interested in reprising his role as Carl the greenskeeper, and he said Chevy Chase had "already moved on", although Chase did eventually agree to appear. Dangerfield, after insisting on a number of script rewrites, said that he backed out of the film because he felt it would not be successful.

Chevy Chase was the only cast member from the original film to reprise his role and would publicly announce later that he regretted doing so. Although playing new characters in the sequel, Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dan Aykroyd and Jonathan Silverman play roles which are analogous to those played by Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray, and Michael OKeefe in the first film. Cast reception was generally negative. At one point, Chase murmured to the film’s director Allan Arkush during post-production, "Call me when you’ve dubbed the laugh-track," before walking away in disgust. Rodney Dangerfield was sued by Warner Bros. for refusing to appear in the film, although Dangerfield was little affected by this dispute.

The theme song for Caddyshack II is "Nobodys Fool", performed by Kenny Loggins, whose hit song "Im Alright" was featured in the first film. Other singles from the soundtrack include "Power of Persuasion" by The Pointer Sisters; "Go For Yours", an R&B hit for Lisa and Cult Jam and "Turn On The Beat Box" by Earth, Wind & Fire. The soundtrack was released on Columbia Records.



                                     

5. Reception

The film was panned by critics and grossed $11.798.302 compared to the originals $39 million gross at the box office. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 4% based on 24 reviews. The sites consensus reads: "Handicapped by a family friendly PG rating, even the talents of Caddyshack II s all-star comic cast cant save it from its lazy, laughless script and uninspired direction." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 7 based on reviews from 7 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade C+ on scale of A to F.

Rita Kempley of the Washington Post wrote: "Caddyshack II, a feeble follow-up to the 1980 laff riot, is lamer than a duck with bunions, and dumber than grubs. Its patronizing and clumsily manipulative, and top banana Jackie Mason is upstaged by the gopher puppet." Michael Wilmington of the Los Angeles Times said the film was so bad "it makes "Caddyshack I" look like "Godfather II."

The film received four Golden Raspberry Award nominations; it won two. It was nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Actor Jackie Mason, and won for Worst Supporting Actor Dan Aykroyd and Worst Original Song "Jack Fresh". It also won Worst Picture at the 1988 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards.