Despite the film's humor, I don't view it so much as an entertainment, but as a stark depiction of the escalating cost of poor decisions. Joe's a cautionary tale about how NOT to behave.
Others testified that Van Damme had been warned, on multiple occasions, by the director and others to quit making contact during fight scenes, but that he continued to do so.
The film's tagline, "The funniest thing you've never seen", turned out to be rather prophetic.
This is what a ruthless pursuit of heaven on earth, "Utopia", leads to: Mayhem, Misery, Extinction.
Seriously, I jest.
...in 25 words or less.
The 'all-Gleason' version of the third Smokey And The Bandit flick has never been released. I suspect we're all better off.