Poll: Caddyshack or Raising Arizona?

Which 1980s comedy film do you like better?

both are funny but Raising Arizona is hilarious

Caddyshack by far.

It stars Rodney Dangerfield in his greatest cinematic achievement.

Same for Ted Knight.

Caddyshack made almost twice as much at the box office as Raising Arizona and can frequently be found in reruns, while RA is seldom seen.

It contains a lot of lines that became part of the language. “I’ve got that going for me, which is nice”. “It’s in the hole!” and “That’s the worst looking hat I’ve ever seen. Ooh, it looks good on you, though”. “This steak’s still got marks on it from where the jockey was beating it”.

Caddyshack was directed and cowritten by underrated comedic genius, Harold Ramis, and contains no narration, unlike RA, which has a lot of it, though it is well written. And even though it’s a great role for Nicholas Cage, it’s still Nicholas Cage in a Coen brothers film which I’ve always found to be very hard to take because every scene lets you know who’s directing the thing.

Caddyshack is a much funnier movie. When I saw it in original theatrical release I missed a lot of the jokes because the audience was laughing so hard, usually at Rodney Dangerfield, though Bill Murray’s character, Carl Spackler was also hilarious. And Ted Knight was basically Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore Show on a golf course and a lot more latitude to be at his smarmy, egotistical best. His interplay with Al Czervik alone is worth the price of admission.

The good guys win at the end of Caddyshack, sort of.

Caddyshack was ranked #71 on the American Film Institutes’ ranking of funniest American movies while also #7 in the Sports Movie category, while RA was not mentioned in either ranking.

Caddyshack has Rodney Dangerfield.


Raising Arizona. It’s the best one of the two.

I like them both, but I think Raising Arizona is funnier.

Caddyshack, I love that movie!

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