Kazzy was nice enough to turn his Mount Rushmore series over to me this week. Hope I do it justice…
Not too long ago my wife revealed something to me that was so upsetting, so hard to believe, that I questioned the very foundation of our marriage. My lovely bride, the daughter of a serious golfer, a woman who grew up next to a golf course has NEVER…SEEN…CADDYSHACK. I was floored. It made my stomach hurt. I started peppering her with questions about other 1980s comedies. There were a few other deficiencies but none so egregious as Caddyshack.
I’m a nostalgic guy but I try to not let that skew my assessment of artistic endeavors. With that said, it is my opinion that the 1980s was a golden age of movie comedies. But maybe I am wrong. Maybe this is a guy thing or I’m showing my age. I started asking my female friends. Most of them had seen Caddyshack but clearly it didn’t have the impact it had on most of my male friends who quote lines from the movie with regularity (seriously, go to a mini golf course with some guys raised in the 80s and see if you don’t hear one of them say, “Be the ball.”) My female friends have much more fond memories of movies like Sixteen Candles or Say Anything.
So without further ado, I present my list of those four comedies which are the best of the 1980s. I chose pure comedies, which was hard because it meant ruling out Goonies but tough decisions had to be made. This list is in no particular order.
1. Caddyshack – A perfect storm of comedic actors. Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight. This movie is extremely quotable, which I take as a signal of its worth. Considered by most to be the best golf movie ever, it’s sequel is considered the worst golf movie ever.
2. National Lampoon’s Vacation – Chevy Chase at the height of his powers. It was hard not to put European Vacation on the list too because it was a great follow-up.
3. PeeWee’s Big Adventure – This was my dark horse pick. The movie is weird and quirky in all the right ways.
4.Airplane – Perhaps the most quotable movie of all time other than Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Watching Airplane can be tiring as you are always waiting for the next gag, but it still makes me laugh.
Share your choices in the comments.
* Edited: reduced list to four entries.