New York Times - 12/17/1980
"...Better and funnier than its predecessor....A loose, light-hearted Eastwood vehicle..."
This sequel to EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE finds fist fighting legend Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) attempting to live out a quiet backwoods retirement with his mother (Ruth Gordon), his girlfriend (Sandra Locke) and his mischievous orangutan, Clyde. Some mobsters who routinely pit black widow scorpions against each other for kicks, however, want Philo to go into battle with a friend (William Smith) who just might be the only man Philo can't take down.
This sequel goes even farther than the original in its uncommon combination of children's entertainment and bare knuckle action. Also included are biker gangs, raunchy humor and bold sexuality featuring both the elderly and orangutans. Stunt director Buddy Van Horne masterfully stages the final bout between Eastwood and Wilson, one of the most brutal sequences ever in a PG-rated film. Eastwood teams with Ray Charles for a memorable honky tonk number, "Beers To You."
The first picture in this series, "Every Which Way But Loose," made over $50 million in video rentals, which at that point was Clint Eastwood's biggest hit. The second picture, "Any Which Way You Can," opened in a (up to 1980) record 1,560 theaters.
Color by DeLuxe.
Both Fats Domino and Glen Campbell appear as themselves singing at the Palomino Club.