Saturday, February 5, 2011

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

1st View
Format: Netflix WI
Venue: Castle Greyskull (Gholson's Place)

The Good: The premier hicksploitation opus. It's hard not to appreciate the quaintness of a film like this without sounding like a pretentious ass, but it provides plenty of country-fried fun. I love the repartee between Reynolds and Fields (who is hot in a way that deeply troubles me) and the plot is fantastically ridiculous.

The Bad: Much like a long road trip, there are points in Smokey and the Bandit that feel long and tedious.

The Weird: Jackie Gleason as a racist southern sheriff is unsettling, but not as much as Paul Williams as Mini-Me.

Rating: 6/10 Atkins

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