Picks and Pans Review: Smokey and the Bandit Ii

UPDATED 09/29/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/29/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field squander their formidable talents in this dim-witted sequel that again involves cars, cussin', CBs and concrete cowboys. The 1977 Smokey grossed an amazing $250 million—even as it grossed out city-slicker critics. Smokey II can expect similar box office and reviewer reception, since it's a carbon copy. Abetted by Jerry Reed in his 18-wheeler, Bandit Burt and Sally (again a runaway bride) are back revving up a black Trans Am with sheriff Jackie Gleason in frustrated pursuit. This time their cargo is a pregnant elephant. As before, the humor is cheap and verges on obscene when zany Dom DeLuise plays a gynecologist pressed into service as a veterinarian. Gleason gets extra mileage by playing two lawmen brothers—Reggie, a mountie, and Gaylord, a Texas patrolman who arrives with his braided boyfriend PT (for "Perfect Ten"). Director Hal Needham's feel for vehicular mayhem helps the pace, but Bandit II is running out of gas. (PG)

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