Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) is an over-the-hill stuntman still regarded as one of the best in the business. Ski (Jan-Michael Vincent), a new up-and-comer, is starting to do bigger and better stunts. Hooper has been in the business long enough to know when a stunt is safe to do, but Sky is a bit more of a risk taker. Competition between the two is an invitation towards a death-defying and record-breaking stunt aimed at reaching eternal glory.
‘Hooper’ is a pretty cut and dry Burt Reynolds movie. It has a simple and light plot complemented with lots of action. It has that funny, and fairly profane, atmosphere that is pretty much a mainstay of many Reynolds films from this time period. Nevertheless there is still enough action to tide over the thrill seekers.
The film’s plot doesn’t take too many risks, and the way that Reynolds’ character acts plus the familiar love interest (Sally Field) makes ‘Hooper’ feel like little more than an attempt to ride the wave of popularity inspired by ‘Smoky and the Bandit’. Despite this, ‘Hooper’ is still a fun watch. It is brainless, but entertaining.