Caddyshack: The Snobs Against The Slobs
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With the tagline “the snobs against the slobs,” Caddyshack inadvertently defined a whole era of comedies. 1980 was the dawn of a new decade, but plenty of the issues of the 1970s, including crippling unemployment and inflation, dragged into the 80s, along with the beginning of the conservative Reagan and Thatcher eras. Thankfully, Harold Ramis and Caddyshack knew that in hard times, sometimes you just have to laugh.
The 1970s created a boom in serious, boundary-pushing dramatic filmmaking that questioned the culture around it, but it had also produced two institutions driving a similar kind of comedy: The Second City Theatre and National Lampoon Magazine.
Written by two Second City alumni (Ramis and Brian Doyle-Murray) and the co-founder of Lampoon (Douglas Kenney, who also produced the film) Caddyshack takes direct aim at the institutions that the older generation holds dear and makes its own heroes out of slackers, weirdos and slobs who could care less about the rules imposed upon them.
Watch Caddyshack at 9pm ET July 1 on HS80.
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