Caddyshack

  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Producers: Douglas Kenney
  • Writers: Douglas Kenney, Harold Ramis, Brian Doyle Murray
  • Genres: Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O Keefe, Bill Murray, Dan Resin

Danny Noonan (Michael O’Keefe) works at the upscale Bushwood Country Club as he tries to raise enough money to go to college since his parents cannot afford it and his grades were unremarkable in high school. Danny caddies for Ty Webb (Chevy Chase), the free-spirited playboy son of one of Bushwood’s co-founders, as Ty teaches Danny about the finer points in life usually while showing off random trick shots. One day, Danny decides to caddy for Judge Smails (Ted Knight), the country club’s stodgy co-founder, in hopes of earning his favor when Smails awards the next scholarship. Smails’ golfing group includes includes Dr. Beeper, Bishop Pickering and Smails’ grandson, Spaulding. They are also joined by Smails’ sensuous niece, Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan) , who is visiting for the summer. Meanwhile, Sandy McFiddish, Bushwood’s greenskeeper, entrusts his assistant Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) to remove a gopher digging tunnels underneith the fields.

During the game, Smails is mocked by Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), a flamboyant nouveau riche real estate tycoon. Al loudly wagers $1,000 that Smails will miss his relatively short putt, which draws a crowd of onlookers. Smails misses the putt and, in anger, flings his putter in a blind rage, striking a woman. Danny takes responsibility for the incident, claiming the grips on the club were worn and Smails was not responsible, finally putting Danny in good standing with the judge. Smails mentions to Danny that the caddy scholarship has become available again, and encourages him to apply. At a Fourth of July banquet, Danny and girlfriend, Maggie O’Hooligan, work as servers as Danny becomes enamored of Lacey. Maggie informs Danny of Lacey’s sexually promiscuous reputation, but it only seems to encourage him further. However, when Ty arrives, he too catches the eye of Lacey.

The match is held the following day as Smails chooses Danny to be his caddy. Suddenly, word spreads of the stakes involved and a crowd builds. With Smails’ team is winning at the end of the 9th hole, Czervik decides to double the stakes to $40,000. Afterwards, Czervik is lightly hit by a ricocheting ball, but pretends to be hurt in hopes of having the contest declared a draw. The clubs’s manger, Lou, standing in as an umpire, tells Czervik would forfeit unless they were to use a substitute. Webb chooses Danny as Smails threatens to revoke Danny’s scholarship, but Czerik offers Danny a better offer as Danny turns down the judge’s scholarship. At the final hole, the score is tied. Judge Smails makes his putt, putting the Smails-Beeper team ahead by one shot. Danny must sink his very long putt to force a tie. Czervik raises the stakes to a double-or-nothing $80,000 on Danny making the putt, which Smails accepts. Danny’s putt reaches the edge of the cup stating that he lost the game. However, at that moment, Carl detonates the explosives in attempt to blast out the gopher. The force of the explosions rocks the course enough to cause Danny’s ball to drop, thereby winning the $80,000 bet for Webb and Czervik. The gopher emerges, unharmed by the explosives, and dances to Kenny Loggins’ “I’m All Right”.

Animal House

  • Directors: John Landis
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman, Matty Simmons
  • Writers: Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Cesare Danova, Donald Sutherland

Two freshmen, Larry and Kent, are trying to get accepted to a fraternity at fictional Faber College in 1962. They first try their luck at the Omega Theta Pi House invitational party but are repeatedly steered to an area with other undesirables. They then try next door at the Delta Tau Chi House, where Kent’s brother was once a member. They meet John “Bluto” Blutarsky, urinating outside the building. The Deltas “need the dues”, so Larry and Kent are allowed to pledge Delta. They are given the fraternity names “Pinto” (Larry) and “Flounder” (Kent).

Meanwhile, Dean Vernon Wormer is trying to remove the Delta fraternity from campus due to repeated conduct violations. Since they are already on probation, he puts the Deltas on “Double Secret Probation” and orders the clean-cut Omega president Greg Marmalard the job of finding a way to get rid of the Deltas once and for all.

At the campus ROTC detachment drills, Doug Niedermeyer, the cadet commander, berates Flounder for wearing a pledge pin on his uniform. Later, he orders Flounder to clean his horse’s filthy stable stall. While practicing their golfing, Deltas Boon and Otter become annoyed when they overhear Doug bullying Flounder. (“Only we can do that to our pledges!”) After Boon takes a few swings with his driver, Otter shows him what he is doing wrong. His first ball strikes Doug’s horse. the second hits Doug in the head, knocking him out the saddle; terrified, the horse takes off, dragging a screaming Doug behind it. Bluto and D-Day then talk Flounder into sneaking the hated animal into Dean Wormer’s office late at night. They give him a gun and tell him to shoot it. Unbeknownst to Flounder, the gun is loaded with blanks. He cannot bring himself to kill the horse and fires into the ceiling, but the noise so frightens the horse that it dies.

The Deltas’ midterm grades are so bad that they are all expelled from school by an ecstatic Wormer and their draft boards are notified of their eligibility. For revenge, the Deltas decide to wreak havoc on the annual homecoming parade, inspired by Bluto’s impassioned speech. In the ensuing chaos, Bluto steals a car, abducts Mandy and drives off into the sunset, or rather to Washington, D.C., as the futures of many of the main characters are revealed.

Meatballs

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: John Dunning
  • Writers: Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Chris Makepeace, Kate Lynch

The film follows the antics and foibles of head counsellor Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray) and the counsellors-in-training (CITs) at Camp North Star, a cut-rate summer camp located in the “North Woods.” The characters range from reasonably sane to zany and screwball.

The main plot involves Rudy Gerner (Chris Makepeace), a lonely kid who is sent to summer camp by his father (assumedly a single father, as his mother is not seen or mentioned). Noticing Rudy is unable to fit in, Tripper takes him under his wing and each morning they go jogging and bond as friends. Tripper helps Rudy gain confidence while Rudy gives Tripper the courage to start a romance with Roxanne (Kate Lynch), the female head counsellor.

Love is also in the air for other CITs. Candace (Sarah Torgov) “kidnaps” Crockett (Russ Banham) in a speedboat and confesses her feelings for him. Wheels (Todd Hoffman), who had broken up with A.L. (Kristine DeBell) the year before, successfully rekindles their relationship during a dance. The nerdy Spaz (Jack Blum) develops a crush on Jackie (Margot Pinvidic), who appreciates his kindness and decency.

A parallel plot deals with Camp North Star’s rivalry with Camp Mohawk, a wealthier camp located across the lake whose members treat them with disdain. During a basketball game, North Star is being thoroughly trounced by Mohawk when they attempt their own perverse form of victory. This sets the stage for the yearly Olympiad held between the camps.

Later that evening, CITs sing around a campfire and say their final goodbyes as the camp prepares to close for the summer. Roxanne agrees to come live with Tripper and, on a motorcycle, the two of them lead the buses out of camp.

Analyze This

  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Producers: Jane Rosenthal, Paula Weinstein
  • Writers: Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan, George Gallo, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Viterelli

The film opens with a montage of mob killings during a past mob war, and a discussion between feared mob boss Paul Vitti (De Niro) and his guardian, Dominic (Joe Rigano) about an upcoming mob meeting that will decide their future. Dominic warns Vitti to be aware of Primo Sindone, Vitti’s rival since their childhood, as he will probably try to kill him before the meeting. Before they can leave, they are attacked by rival gunmen, and the only survivors are Vitti, his bodyguard, Jelly and Jimmy, the driver. A distraught Vitti vows to avenge Dominic.

Meanwhile, a psychiatrist, Ben Sobel (Crystal), is facing his own problems: his son from his first marriage keeps listening to his sessions, his patients are not challenging enough, and his second wedding in Miami is coming soon. Sobel’s life turns completely upside down when he accidentally smashes into a car from behind while driving with his son. The car, it turns out, belongs to Paul Vitti. Jimmy angrily berates Sobel, but Jelly intervenes and takes the blame, despite Jimmy having to tape the trunk to the car (because there was someone bound and gagged in the trunk, narrowly escaping Sobel’s sight). Sobel nonetheless gives Jelly his card in case he changes his mind.

The film ends with Sobel visiting Vitti in Sing Sing prison. Vitti gratefully thanks Sobel for all the help he gave him, and once again tells him “You…you’re good, you…”. They bid farewell and part as Vitti is taken back to his cell by a guard.

Ghostbusters II

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Wilhelm von Homburg

Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters are out of business after being sued by the city for property damage incurred during the battle against Gozer. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore have become entertainers at children’s parties, Egon Spengler works in a laboratory conducting various experiments, Peter Venkman hosts a pseudo-psychic television show, and Dana Barrett is working at an art museum restoring paintings and raising her infant son Oscar at a new apartment.

One day, Oscar’s carriage starts rolling down the street by itself and is nearly crushed by traffic. Ray, Egon, and Peter investigate. Meanwhile, Dana’s boss, Dr. Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol), is restoring a painting of a seventeenth-century tyrant named Vigo the Carpathian when the real Vigo’s spirit (located inside the painting) orders Janosz to find a child that he (Vigo) might use as a physical form. When Ray is lowered underground, he discovers a river of pink slime beneath the streets. He obtains a sample; moments later, the Ghostbusters are arrested after Ray accidentally knocks most of the city’s electrical power out. During court, two ghosts appear out of the slime in response to the judge’s shouting and attack the court. However, the Ghostbusters manage to capture them using their old equipment and therefore resume their business. During a test of the slime, the Ghostbusters realize that the slime absorbs emotion and becomes malevolent or benevolent according to the emotions to which it is exposed. Meanwhile, the slime appears out of Dana’s bathtub and tries to grab her and Oscar; but she escapes. The next morning, the Ghostbusters investigate the painting of Vigo and begin to notice the presence of the spirit in it. The next night, Ray, Winston, and Egon discover that the river of slime leads directly to the museum.

Janosz appears and kidnaps Oscar while Dana goes to the museum. After Dana enters the museum, the “malevolent” slime forms a shell around the building and the Ghostbusters are called to destroy it. They are unable to do so by their accustomed means; therefore they instead animate the Statue of Liberty by exposing it to “benevolent” slime and “ride” the statue to the museum, where they destroy part of the rooftop with its torch. When the Ghostbusters are in the museum, Vigo appears out of the painting and grabs Oscar. Outside, the citizens of New York, knowing the slime’s sensitivity to emotion, give the Ghostbusters an advantage by singing Auld Lang Syne, enabling the Ghostbusters to drive Vigo the Carpathian into his portrait. In an effort to escape, he possesses Ray, but is destroyed entirely by the “benevolent” slime. His portrait is then replaced by one showing the Ghostbusters and Oscar in forms that represent them as guardians to Oscar, concluding the film.

Ghost Busters

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: Bernie Brillstein, Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, William Atherton

Investigating a disturbance at the New York Public Library, three misfit parapsychology research professors specializing in research on ghosts, Drs. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), Raymond “Ray” Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), for the first time witness concrete evidence of paranormal activity, including a ghost. They nevertheless are expelled from Columbia University after their research grants are terminated. To maintain their livelihood, they establish “Ghostbusters”, an organization described by Venkman as a “professional paranormal investigations and eliminations” service, using an old firehouse as their headquarters, a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance dubbed “Ecto-1” as transport, and one Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) as a receptionist. Just as the fledgling business runs out of funds, they are hired by the staff of a hotel plagued by a ghost (named “Slimer” by Ray in The Real Ghostbusters). They capture this ghost successfully, using their nuclear-powered “proton packs” to force it into a small holding trap for later transfer to a containment grid in the firehouse. Following their first successful endeavor, the Ghostbusters suddenly find themselves overwhelmed by calls from prospective clients about hauntings, to the point that they hire a fourth member, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). Zeddemore ultimately comes to believe that the increase of ghostly activity is building up towards a single grand-scale paranormal event that will result in the biblical “Judgment Day”, and is later proven to be correct.

Assisted by the police and Army, the Ghostbusters proceed to the top of 55 Central Park West, but are too late to prevent Barrett and Tully from meeting. Together they open an interdimensional portal, allowing Gozer to enter the human world, while the two are transformed into the doglike beasts seen earlier. When Gozer (Slavitza Jovan) emerges in a female humanoid form, the Ghostbusters briefly force her back into her dimension with their proton guns. Being led to believe that they are its prophesied adversaries, Gozer challenges them to choose a form for it to assume as it destroys the world. When Venkman orders his teammates to think of nothing, Stantz is unable to avoid thinking of the most innocent being he could imagine: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. A gigantic version of this mascot appears and begins to lay waste to the city. Seeing this, Spengler realizes that their only hope is to cross their weapons’ emitted energy streams, reversing the particle flow and destroying Gozer’s gate to its home dimension, despite the fact that the Ghostbusters themselves may be killed as a result. As the “Marshmallow Man” reaches the top of the building, the team executes this plan, causing the gate to explode and reducing the creature to torrents of melted marshmallow. The Ghostbusters survive and Venkman frees Tully and Barrett from their doglike forms, which have been carbonized. When they leave the building, the Ghostbusters are met by Janine, who had been waiting for them. As they leave the scene in the Ecto-1, the public cheers them, followed by Slimer.

Year One

  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Producers: Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Nicholas Weinstock
  • Writers: Screenplay, Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg, Story, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy
  • Actors: Jack Black, Michael Cera

The film is about two men traveling through the stories in the early parts of the Bible – “Zed” (played by Jack Black) and his friend “Oh” played by Michael Cera. Among the characters they encounter are Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel[1], and Abraham.[2]

In an interview regarding Be Kind Rewind, Black stated that Year One will be about two men running around in Moses’ time. He said that the movie is similar to Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Black stated that it might be fun to see all the stories of the Bible in a modern movie.

In an interview[3] with MTV, Cera described it as a comedy set in Biblical times with Black’s character Zed, looking for some kind of meaning for his life. Black warned viewers expecting a comedy along the lines of Ghostbusters or Knocked Up that the style of the film is much more along the lines of the Monty Python movies.

Groundhog Day

  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Producers: Trevor Albert, Harold Ramis
  • Writers: Danny Rubin, Danny Rubin and, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle Murray

Self-centered TV meteorologist Phil Connors, his producer Rita, and cameraman Larry from the fictional Pittsburgh television station WPBH-TV9 travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities with Punxsutawney Phil. Having grown tired of this assignment, Phil grudgingly gives his report and attempts to return back to Pittsburgh when a blizzard that he predicted would miss the area shuts down the main roads. Phil and his team are forced to stay in town an extra day.

Phil wakes up to find that he is reliving February 2 again. Everyone else is repeating the same actions as the day before, seemingly unaware of the time loop, though Phil remains aware of the events of the previous day. At first he is confused, but, when the loop continues, he starts to try to take advantage of the situation without fear of long-term consequences: learning secrets from the town’s residents, seducing women, stealing money, and driving drunk. However, his attempts to get closer to Rita are repeatedly shut down. With each passage of the loop, Phil becomes despondent; during one loop, he kidnaps Punxsutawney Phil and after a long police chase, drives over a cliff, appearing to kill both himself and the groundhog. However, Phil wakes up in the next loop and finds that nothing has changed; further attempts at suicide are just as fruitless as he continues to find himself back at the start of February 2.

Phil wakes up the next day, and finds the time loop has broken; it is now February 3 and Rita is still in bed with him. As the team prepare to return to Pittsburgh, Phil and Rita talk about eventually settling down in Punxsutawney, but they’ll “rent to start.”