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 1980s.
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 sawdust-brained mechanic pushed back into bare-knuckle boxing by the Mafia for one last fight.
Destructive but highly intelligent orangutan Clyde (played by three different apes) steals scenes like an old pro, and there’s an enjoyably overblown climax as Clint and intimidating bruiser Jack Wilson (William Smith) stage a bare-knuckle showdown in the rousing spirit of The Quiet Man (1952).
Where else, in the space of 115 minutes, can you find a country & western road picture with two fights, a bald motorcycle gang, the Mafia, a love story, a pickup truck, a tow truck, Fats Domino, Glen Campbell, a foul-mouthed octogenarian, an oversexed orangutan and a contest for the bare-knuckle championship of the world?
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