Mutiny on the Buses (1972)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Reg Varney and Janet Mahoney in Mutiny on the Buses (1972)

Mayhem on the Buses

Stan (Reg Varney) has found himself engaged to Susy (Janet Mahoney) and whilst he would be happy for Susy to move in with him, his mum, his sister and brother-in-law Susy is having none of it and expects Stan to buy them their own little love nest. The trouble is that his brother in law Arthur (Michael Robbins) has just been made redundant and can't support the family so Stan decides to get Arthur a job as a bus driver which is easier said then done. But Stan's troubles don't end there as he talks the Inspector (Stephen Lewis) in to letting him drive the special tour bus which means going through Windsor Safari Park.

How to describe "Mutiny on the Buses"; well firstly there are the continuing exploits of likely lads Stan and Jack as they are always trying to get one over on the Inspector, be it hot wiring the CB radio system so that Blakey ends up in contact with everyone other than the bus drivers to wearing just jackets and trousers when Blakey orders them only to wear just their uniforms. On top of that we have Stan's troubles at home with his lazy brother-in-law in need of work whilst arguing with Stan's sister Olive all the time.

Now I could go on because whilst at the heart of all this is Stan's romantic issues as his girlfriend Susy pressuring him to get his own place most of what goes on in "Mutiny on the Buses" is set piece gags. As such there is a 70s style driving stunt involving a motorbike and sidecar being towed by a bus and various gags involving Arthur and Olive's son on the potty. Plus there is the spectacular foam seen at the bus depot. The thing is that whilst it is enjoyable and a lot less sexist than the first movie it does struggle to feel more than some set pieces.

What this all boils down to is that "Mutiny on the Buses" is still a lot of fun with some entertaining old fashioned humour which turned down the dial of the sexism of the first movie. But this second of three movies struggles to feel like it more than some set piece gags even if they are all enjoyable.

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