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EW's favorite Rodney Dangerfield moments -- We grade the comics performances in ''Caddyshack,'' ''Back to School,'' and others

EW's favorite Rodney Dangerfield moments

He's lewd. He's crude. He starred in Ladybugs, but we still love him. With apologies to the comedic, hip-hop stylings of ''Rappin' Rodney,'' here are the four essential Dangerfield delights.

Caddyshack (1980)

The movie that propelled Rodney from stand-up to star. In a film full of comedic heavyweights (Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight), Dangerfield steals the show as snob buster Al Czervick. ''Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh...? Oh, it looks good on you, though.'' A

No Respect CD (1980)

Respect is due. This 40-minute assault of classic one-liners won the Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. Dangerfield disses his wife, his kid, and -- of course -- himself. The back cover picture of Rodney getting peed on by a dog says it all. BEST LINE ''At my age I want two girls at once. If I fall asleep they got each other to talk to.'' A-

Back to School (1986)

Dangerfield shows off his Triple Lindy as a millionaire businessman who enrolls in college to be with his son in this goofy campus comedy. Rodney's scream-off with Sam Kinison alone is worth it. BEST LINE ''Bring a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every 10 minutes.'' A-

Natural Born Killers (1994)

An inspired piece of casting led to Rodney playing Juliette Lewis' foulmouthed, sexually abusive father in Oliver Stone's brutal and bizarre love story. A shocking and equally powerful turn for the lovable loser. BEST LINE ''All right, f -- -face, now I'm going to take your eye out and show it to you.'' (That's honestly the least disturbing one we could find.) B+

Originally posted May 28, 2004 Published in issue #767 May 28, 2004 Order article reprints