Caddyshack II (1988) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Caddyshack II is on par with your average Police Academy sequel. If you’re an avid fan of the original than this eight years in the making follow-up is probably on your list of worst sequels ever. I don’t hold Caddyshack in the same reverence as some folks so I don’t have the same venomous disapproval of this mild and inconsequential movie.

Snobby Bushwood Country Club is once again home to the rudest most obnoxious blue-bloods in the world. That’s until Jackie Mason shows up as a wealthy but crude real-estate developer. He plans to build a series of apartment building for blue-collar families near the fables Country Club. This of course doesn’t sit with high-fluentent Robert Stack and his cronies. Mason’s daughter is being seduced by the lure of the privileged and is often embarrassed by her father’s behavior. Then she meets a lowly caddy and beings to fall for the average joe.

On the peripheral of the film floats Chevy Chase, the only returning cast member, who seems to rue his decision to appear in this sequel. It’s as if Chase is purposefully trying to sabotage his scenes and get off-screen and out of memory as quickly as possible.

An air of desperation creeps into Caddyshack II about fifteen minutes in. Chevy Chase’s introduction scene is the highlight of this mostly laugh less comedy. Jackie Mason is no substitute for Rodney Dangerfield, the same could be said of Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Jonathan Silverman and Randy Quaid, they just don’t match the original cast’s talent level.

Director: Alan Arkush
Stars: Jackie Mason, Dyan Cannon, Robert Stack, Dina Merril, Jonathan Silverman, Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd.

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