I saw this film for the first time when it came out in theaters . My dad was a Clint eastwood fan at the time so ...i was too. As a kid i thought it was neat , and all the silly hyginx were cool , but the film certainly doesn't stand the test of time. It comes off sooo cheesy and pandering. Its certainly an uplift compared to a film like 5 easy pieces which is depressing as hell.
But its just too lame . Corny . It tries to be feelgood but it goes over the line into pandering to low iq working class types .
I will say this , i lived out some of this meandering in life in my early 20s , but if you live like the characters in the film at their portrayed age today , youd probably be a meth head selling dope for the " black widows " .
Maybe the film was about a simpler time when there was less classism , and living in trailer parks and junky homes with cars and tools in the yard were accepted , but oh how things have changed .
Its a good film if its 3 in the morning , your bored as hell , and youre gonna down some munchies n beer.
My favorite scene is where he hooks the big trout ...then slaps the guy in the face with it . I liked the scene mainly because of the fishing and outdoors aspect ...
Clint is a funny dude . I knew a guy that worked with him in Oregon years ago . The guys name was Barney. Clint tried to be a logger . The guy that knew him said " he got into logging for the romanticism of it. The ruggedness and outdoors etc...but he couldnt hack it "....they liked his movies but joked that he acted out what he coudnt do in real life . Its all good . Smoke em if you got em . Some of the guys he worked with didnt make it working in the woods...killed . Its a dangerous job. Barney latter died of cancer in the early 80s .
Although this film gets panned , it was successful at the box office