Review: ‘Smokey and the Bandit II’

Sally Field tells Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit II that he is no longer having fun doing what used to come naturally. This stale sequel seems to be evidence of going through the motions for money instead of fun.

Sally Field tells Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit II that he is no longer having fun doing what used to come naturally. This stale sequel seems to be evidence of going through the motions for money instead of fun.

Smokey II [from a story by Michael Kane] concentrates on sluggish and mostly overdone attempts at roadside comedy skits, and it doesn’t even bother to have Reynolds and Field play the same characters they played so engagingly in the original.

Here, Reynolds is hired to haul a pregnant elephant to the Republican convention. The heavy reliance on elephant gags quite literally slows down the film.

Ironically, the best part of the film is the unusual end credit sequence, which shows the actors having fun when they blow lines in outtakes.

Smokey and the Bandit II

Production

Universal/Rastar. Director Hal Needham; Producer Hank Moonjean; Screenplay Jerry Belson, Brock Yates; Camera Michael Butler; Editor Donn Cambern, William Gordean; Music Snuff Garrett (sup.); Art Director Henry Bumstead

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Burt Reynolds Jackie Gleason Sally Field Dom DeLuise Jerry Reed Paul Williams

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading