Picks and Pans Review: Cannonball Run Ii

updated 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Burt Reynolds. Shirley MacLaine. Dom DeLuise. Jamie Farr. Marilu Henner. Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Susan Anton. Catherine Bach. Joe Theismann. Ricardo Montalban. Sammy Davis Jr. Tony Danza. Anyone who gets a thrill out of reading that list of names and who might find it amusing to watch them all move listlessly around a movie screen will find a fleeting moment of pleasure in this film. Just don't expect anyone to do or say anything amusing. The movie, a sequel to the 1981 cross-country auto race hit, was written by director Hal Needham, producer Albert Ruddy and Harvey Miller. Any three boys chosen at random out of a junior high school locker room could have done a funnier screenplay. The humor relies on such ploys as placing a "155" over the "55" on a speed-limit sign, lines such as "I think those liars told the truth" and a variety of obscene gestures. DeLuise has a nice moment or two, Henner manages a bemused charm and Farr tries hard. But most of the cast walks—or drives—through the film. When Need-ham wheels out his trademark device of running outtakes beneath the end credits, even they are boring. That makes them fit perfectly with the rest of the film. (PG)

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