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Caddy Hack (2023) Review

Forty-three years after Caddyshack and thirty-five years after the sequel everyone tries to forget, Anthony Catanese (Hi-Death, Girls Just Wanna Have Blood) has given us Caddy Hack. Whether you want to look at this as a parody or an unofficial sequel, it may well have set a record for the most years passed between the original film and the cash-in attempt.

There’s a problem at Old Glory Holes Golf Club, the caddies are being killed off. OK, according to owner Welles Landon (Jim Gordon, Hi-Fear, An Overdose Reversed), that’s a problem because his big money members don’t want to be reminded of death by playing around dead caddies. Even worse, whoever is doing it is also tearing up his course in the process, and the Putter Madness Golf Tournament is being held this weekend.

As the other caddies mourn their fallen compatriot and remember just how clean and white he kept his balls, Landon is meeting with his best friend and personal assistant Ms. Flannager (Ilene Sullivan, The Gilbert Diaries: The Movie, Soulmate) and groundskeeper Hambone (Nick Twist, ABCs of Death 2.5, Paranormal Adventure Hunters Supreme) to try and find a solution to the problem.

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Unfortunately, merely hiring Landon’s niece Becky (Chrissy Cavallo, The Velvet Elvis, The Reunion) to supervise the caddies isn’t going to solve his problems. It seems Hambone’s home brew lawn care spray has caused the course’s gophers to mutate from cute fuzzy puppets into vicious flesh-eating puppets complete with glowing eyes. And after chowing down on caddies, they’re looking for something richer and more filling for dessert.

Unfortunately, Caddy Hack takes way too long in unleashing those killer gophers and keeps them in the background while concentrating on more mundane things. And without the kind of talent Caddyshack had, golf just isn’t that funny. There’s only so many times I could laugh at nerdy caddy Googie (Jake Foy) getting hit in the nuts with a golf ball. Similarly, a parody of George C. Scott’s monologue from Patton is an inspired idea but goes on way too long and runs out of steam, a take on The Deer Hunter’s Russian Roulette scene is much better though.

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Depending on your politics, you may or may not get a good laugh out of Landon’s similarities to a certain golf club owner turned politician. With a toupee that looks like a bad comb over, talk of building a wall and making the gophers pay for it, and inappropriate thoughts about a female relative, there’s no mistaking it. Unfortunately, he exits relatively early in Caddy Hack’s seventy-five-minute running time.

And when Gophergeddon finally does occur, it mostly consists of people holding gopher puppets against themselves while fake blood sprays around and gets maybe fifteen minutes screen time. Twenty minutes if you count the training montage and Gremlins inspired scenes of partying gophers, including what appears to be Snoop Prairie Dog and a bunch of gophers in a trench coat trying to buy beer.

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Anyone watching Caddy Hack expecting a creature comedy, is going to be disappointed. If you’re looking for a more general comedy, you’ll probably still be disappointed, just not as badly. If it had billed itself as a comedy about golf that happened to include killer critters, Caddy Hack might have risen to watchable.

There are some laughs to be found, but not enough to carry the film, especially not with the audience expecting something other than what they’re getting. Most of the director’s work has been in the form of short films, Caddy Hack would have been better off as one of them.

Caddy Hack is available on Digital Platforms from Wild Eye Releasing. They’ll be releasing it on a special edition Blu-ray, October 24th.

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