Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, BrÃan F. O'Byrne
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 123 minutes
It's easy to assume this is just another dumb redneck comedy from Burt Reynolds's years of underachievement. But it's not bad as a dumb redneck comedy at all. Directed by career stuntman Hal Needham, Smokey and the Bandit is just a goofy chase starring a bunch of Reynolds's Hollywood cronies. New to the job as film boss, Needham brings a silly but energized sensibility to the production and an action man's need to see things moving. But he also has a distinctive feeling for relationships, and he's good with a joke. Put all that together, and Smokey is, at the very least (and unlike its sequels), a simple and original pleasure. --Tom Keogh
The drive-up girl.
Oh, yes, Dottie. Of course. She's... sick.
Sick with what?
Vaginitis. She's been suffering from an abnormal vaginal discharge. You know the common symptoms, a viscous fluid, usually associated with... uh... vaginitis.