Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty (3 out of 5)

A lot of the information in this book is already well known from reports in the media through the years, and from biographies of the stars that graced the movie. Here’s what I liked about it. It was a more thorough look BEHIND the scenes than of the already well-covered hijinks of the stars (Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield). I learned a hell of a lot about Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney; the heart, soul, and humor behind the script. Going into the book, I honestly had the thought it was another booze em, snort em, and lose em ride through the fairway. And yes, there is that, but as I said, much of that was already covered in previous media. I am as much of a sucker for Bill Murray punching out Chevy Chase stories as the rest of you are, but if you have heard the story once, you don’t need to hear it twice. The history of National Lampoon and Animal House leading to this doorstep? Also fascinating. The true shocker of the book? To me, it was the backstory of one Doug Kenney. I was aware of his tragic passing, but had no idea of the road leading up to that path, until his story gets a fair shake in these pages. Equally shocking to me was reading about how poorly the movie was received in the media, and how much of an uphill climb it had until it became an unlikely Cinderella story.

If you know your movies, you may find the material repeating much of what has already been played out in the press for years. I did know a lot of this, but it was great fun to revisit it. It was also bittersweet reading knowing that the hearts of the two men most involved are no longer beating among us. Still, it was interesting reading up on them and about the long climb up to that 10th hole. This would be a great gift to the movie fan, or a great way to bookend a Father’s Day gift for the golfer. It is out now, in your local bookstore, and brought to us by MacMillan (St. Martin’s Press).

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~ by generationgbooks on May 6, 2018.

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