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The Cannonball Run
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This is the same damn movie Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds have been making since 1977: another "road hog special" with Burt and his campy sidekick rattling along at three-digit speeds, ogling busty women, needling each other, out dueling their opponent and the law, and getting into yuck-a-minute brawls with bars full of redneck oafs. Eighty percent of the jokes misfire, and most of them seem totally inspired by other movies or Lite beer commercials. And once again (as in Smokey and The Bandit II, Stroker Ace, ad infinitum) the credit sequence and end titles (which Needham, stealing from Hal Ashby's Being There, always runs over out takes and bloopers) are miles better than anything in-between. I think Burt and Hal should consider a divorce, or maybe a trial separation. Something should dawn on a director whose scenes continually play better when the actors screw them up than when they get them right.
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