This sequel to Every Which Way But Loose (1979) typifies the kind of lightweight, disposable comic vehicles that paid Clint Eastwood’s rent in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Short on plot but tall on slapstick humour, and once more featuring real-life girlfriend Sondra Locke as his love interest, Lynn, and the always likeable Geoffrey Lewis as his best buddy Orville, it has a lightweight charm that makes up for the general insignificance of the story.
Eastwood plays Phil Beddoe once again, a mechanic pushed back into bare-knuckle boxing by the Mafia for one last fight.
Destructive orangutan Clyde steals scenes like an old pro, and there’s an enjoyably overblown climax as Clint and intimidating bruiser William Smith stage a bare-knuckle showdown in the rousing spirit of The Quiet Man (1952).
Tony Paoli Sr
Buddy Van Horn