I thought it’d be a happier story about the making of the film. I walk away from it mainly sad over how unhappy and self-destructive writer and producer Doug Kenney was over losing creative control of the film and over the negative reviews it received upon its initial release. He never got to see the film receive its cult status. I also come away from this feeling like it was a very unhappy set to be on – whether you were clean and sober or infused with cocaine.
My favorite parts were Bill Murray’s one-page ad-libbing speeches for Carl, the groundskeeper, that were so hilarious that his role kept on getting expanded more and more for the film and Lacey Underall (as Judge Smail’s niece, with “a zest for life,” Cindy Morgan) standing up to the sexist producer, Jon Peters and firing her equally, if not more sexist agent at the time. She is a role-model for all women. The fight between Bill Murray and Chevy Chase is also priceless.
I wish the gopher would’ve been featured more – how they made him and how Bill Murray interacted with him. Moreover, there’s a lot of background information on how the magazine, National Lampoon’s got started, as well as the making of the film, National Lampoon’s Animal House. They don’t start discussing Caddyshack till page 145. You have to be very patient with it!
I’m not feeling very generous during this time of COVID. I found this book, overall, to be an annoying, self-infatuated, self-obsessed, and depressing dirge. I think people need more uplifting and enlightening books, especially nowadays.