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NEW YORK — Jeffrey Jones must have some really bad karma from a past life. The talented character has long made a specialty out of being abused on film, as typified by his iconic performance as the aggrieved principal in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” His streak continues with this urban variation of “Caddyshack,” in which he plays the snooty head of an exclusive private golf club. Whether being kicked in the groin, tackled by a flying obese man, having his car blown up or getting his face buried in doggie doo, Jones handles it with his usual slow burn. “Who’s Your Caddy?” opened Friday without being screened in advance for the press.
The bare-bones plot revolves around the efforts of C-Note (Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, half of the R&B duo OutKast), a highly successful rap impresario, to join the ranks of the Carolina Pines Country Club. Naturally, its snobbish president Cummings (Jones) will have none of it, especially since the club is bidding to become the home of the next U.S. Open.
That doesn’t stop the intrepid C-Note, who has a highly personal reason, not explained until late in the film, for his desire to join. He promptly buys a mansion adjoining the course, essentially blackmailing his way into the club via such tactics as filming his latest rap video with its scantily clad ladies in full view of the golfers.
It isn’t long before he and his posse wreak havoc with the staid environment, packing heat and riding around in a tricked-up, Hummer golf cart. Cummings hires a beautiful black lawyer to help him oust the interlopers, not counting on her becoming attracted to the dashing rapper.
The film is strictly formulaic with its vulgar humor, managing to stereotype blacks, whites, gays and even little people to boot. Both a grudge-match polo game and the inevitable climactic round on the links register with little impact, and most of the film’s humor is generated, literally out of his ass, by the big-boned Faizon Love as C-Note’s particularly flatulent sidekick.
Garrett Morris has a cameo as a Johnnie Cochran-like lawyer, and hot rapper Lil Wayne shows up briefly as well. Patton has a subdued but likable screen presence, and Jenifer Lewis has nice moments as C-Note’s no-nonsense mom. But ultimately this is utterly forgettable stuff, not even managing to fulfill its mandate of mindless summer fun.
WHO’S YOUR CADDY?
An MGM release
An Our Stories Films and Dimension Films presentation of an Ascendant Pictures/Cheyenne Enterprises/Edmonds Entertainment/Eleven Eleven films/Our Stories Films production
Director: Don Michael Paul
Screenwriters: Don Michael Paul, Bradley Allenstein, Robert Henny
Producers: Christopher Eberts, Tracey Edmonds, Kia Jam, Arnold Rifkin
Executive producers: Shakim Compere, Ross M. Dinerstein, Queen Latifah, Marvin Peart, Chris Roberts, Bobby Schwartz
Director of photography: Thomas L. Callaway
Production designer: Paul Luther Jackson
Music: Jon Lee
Co-producers: John Duffy, Michael LaFetra
Costume designer: Jayme Bohn
Editor: Vanick Moradian
Cummings: Jeffrey Jones: Shannon: Tamala Jones
Daisy: Jenifer Lewis
Wilson: Andy Milonakis
Dread: Finesse Mitchell
C-Note: Antwan “Big Boi” Patton
Lady G: Sherri Shepherd
Big Large: Faizon Love
Running time — 93 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13