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The unlikeliest of all the Hangover trilogy's comic implausibilities might be its four pampered rich-boy leads unironically calling themselves the "Wolf Pack" without anybody ever making fun of them.
In the slobs-versus-snobs comedies of the 1970s and '80s, the snooty rich kids were always the antagonists, bullying the nerds and cheating at cross-camp field days. They were shitty human beings who probably grew up to be like Ellis from Die Hard or Epa agent Walter Peck from Ghostbusters. We identified with the slobs because Americans like underdogs, and also because the slobs were so often played by Bill Murray. But the snobs could be hilarious, too—see, for example, every single line spoken by Ted Knight as Judge Smails in Caddyshack.
Over the course of a 45-year-career, Chevy Chase has starred in a number of classic comedies, including Caddyshack, Fletch and Three Amigos!. But his most beloved role is undoubtedly that of Clark Griswold, the frazzled family man at the center of National Lampoon's Vacation movies. From a cross-country road trip to Christmas mayhem, Europe and Vegas, Clark, his loving wife Ellen and their kids couldn't get a break, and audiences couldn't get enough. It's been 16 years since the last Vacation movie and Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin is getting the band back together with a new movie. When word of this reboot spread, fans were quick to declare a reboot without Chase and his co-star/onscreen wife of four funny features Beverly D'Angelo would be a travesty. Thankfully, it's looking like travesty will be avoided as Dobkin, in producer mode, has been courting Chase and D'Angelo hard. Variety reports both »
Maybe Bill Murray needed a little help from that ol' gopher. The beloved Caddyshack star grabbed some clubs and revisited his Carl Spackler days (for the uninitiated, Carl's the greenskeeper he played in the 1980 screen classic) for a celebrity golf challenge Wednesday in Pebble Beach, Calif. in advance of the annual At&T Pebble Beach Nation Pro-Am golf tournament. Alas, the mustachioed Murray probably could have used a mulligan on the second hole as one of his shots landed right in a sand trap, prompting the funnyman and avid golfer to lie down in the bunker in despair. We feel his pain. While Murray can kiss his dream of being a Masters champion goodbye, in spite of his »
As Kay Adams watches from the foreground, men surround Michael Corleone in embraces and one man kisses his ring. The end of the Godfather Part I is the perfect logical conclusion of the film given the grandiose character arc Michael has undergone. Any other ending would leave the film feeling incomplete at best, and could possibly ruin what many consider to be the greatest movie of all time.
Other classic films, like Chinatown and Casablanca, have similarly perfect endings. Some movies, like Caddyshack, may not be seen on the Sight And Sound Top 10 poll which is released every decade, but Rodney Dangerfield blasting Journey on the golf course seems like a perfectly fitting end within the context of the film.
Unfortunately, many movies narrowly miss out on perfection in their last precious few minutes. Whether it’s a nonsensical change in personality or a deus ex machina, an unnecessary additional »
- Nicholas Fulton
Here are some of our favourite scenes involving the world's most likable actor - what have we missed that you'd add to the list?
All right-thinking individuals love Bill Murray. From Caddyshack and Stripes through to Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom, he's been one of cinema's most consistently likable presences for more than 30 years, turning in terrific performances even in forgettable films. But if you had to pick just one scene, from one of his films, to illustrate his talents, what would it be?
Here are five of our favourites, including suggestions from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @michaelrobb87, @AlBritten, @ChrisBza, @EdKeates and @filipequintans. We've aimed for a mix of some well-known, some more obscure appearances – but what have we missed?
1. The dinner scene in What About Bob?
Murray plays a psychiatric patient with multiple phobias, who invites himself on holiday with his increasingly apoplectic therapist (Richard Dreyfus). This scene is »
- Adam Boult
This bittersweet comedy, haunted by the ghosts of Sundance past, is blunted by weak characterisation and an insipid ending
Although Sundance has a good reputation for films that take risks, it is equally notorious for films that don't. In the cold light of day – after a rapturous world premiere, where it received a standing ovation, and an aggressive bidding war that culminated with it being sold for an eight-figure sum – this pasty, bittersweet comedy falls very much into the latter category.
Watching it feels like fast-forwarding through an extended clip-reel of the ghosts of Sundance past without ever pausing to press play. It even reunites Steve Carell and Toni Collette, the stars of 2006's Little Miss Sunshine – still the modern template for the kind of film most likely to do business here.
Yet again, the premise is a dysfunctional family trip. The film begins with a car journey, and we »
- Damon Wise
6 items from 2013
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