Any Which Way You Can (1980)


“Son, you are a walking violation of the laws of nature, but we don’t enforce them laws.” – Wyoming Trooper

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Sequel to the popular Eastwood hit where he stars opposite an orangutan. This time, they must face off against the mob, a motorcycle gang and various other adventures.

My Take on it – This movie (and its predecessor) are films that I recall seeing bits of pieces of on cable back in the 80’s, yet never really watched them from start to finish because they just seemed much too weird to me.

This film is actually a bit better than the original film with these characters – Every Which Way but Loose (1978).

The reason this story works better than the original is due to the fact that this time around, they chose to not try and pursue too many dramatic or romantic aspects of the story and stick to the comedic and slapstick of the story line which keep it all quite silly yet still fun.

Clint Eastwood is still a very strange choice to star opposite an orangutan but apparently if it succeeded once at the box office, why not try again.

The story presented here is just as shallow as in the previous film, yet the lack of the expectation that the story will move into a “serious” mode helps keep things quite enjoyable and fun along the way.

Still glad that they stopped after only two of these films.

Bottom Line – Slightly more interesting than the previous film in the series since they don’t deal with the dramatic or romantic aspects as much and choose to focus more on the fun and silliness of it all. Eastwood is still a strange choice to play opposite an orangutan but apparently it worked once so why not try again. The story is just as shallow as in the previous film, yet things work a bit better because there is no expectation of things trying to be serious and it’s easy to see that they just want to have fun with these characters along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of Clint Eastwood’s most successful films at the box-office. So was the movie’s precursor Every Which Way but Loose (1978). Both films, when adjusted for inflation into constant dollars, are still big box-office titles, this movie being ranked in the Top 200 grossing films of all-time. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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