Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles

"Weak"

Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles Review


It's hard to watch your favorite childhood movie characters grow up and try to capitalize on the same, tired dog and pony show. Alas, Hollywood has turned the recycler on full steam, sending Aussie icon Paul Hogan back into celluloid with an empty third installment of the "Crocodile" Dundee saga: Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.

Not much has come from Hogan since his days as Mick "Crocodile" Dundee. He has written and starred in many forgettable films over the past decade -- stuff like Almost an Angel, Lighting Jack, and Flipper -- and has even converted his Crocodile Dundee role into a spokesman for the Subaru Outback. Did anyone want or need another fish-out-of-water story about a hillbilly croc hunter trying to adapt to Big City life? With the keys to his Outback in hand, Hogan is back in the trademark hat, dishing out another tale of the simple Australian man mingling with that kooky, extravagant, and pompous American culture.

This time around, Dundee and his son Mick, a crocodile hunter in training, accompany his wife Sue (Linda Kozlowski, best known for starring in the earlier Dundee movies also) to L.A. when she takes over as bureau chief for her dad's newspaper. Apparently, the former bureau chief was mysteriously murdered during an investigation into a new movie studio in town. During his wife's investigation of the investigation, Dundee gets involved in the movie business as a monkey wrangler for Paramount (how convenient!) and plays detective in uncovering the shady operations of the suspicious studio.

In his L.A. adventure, Dundee is mistaken for a gay cowboy, discusses coffee enemas with famous celebrities, trains monkeys, tosses Styrofoam cows at bad guys, causes a massive traffic jam rescuing a skunk, dines at Wendy's, stars as an extra in an action movie, and thwarts gangbangers and purse snatchers with his Spider Sense of danger.

Dundee's adventures in L.A. really lack one major element: Originality. Hogan's character tossed into a script written by Matthew Berry and Eric Abrams (two story editors from the defunct TV show Married... with Children) comes out tepid and warmed-over, as if Hogan or the writers couldn't convince themselves that another trek down these familiar grounds was plausible. Using L.A. as a backdrop for comedic situations fails as well because the novelty of Los Angeles as this crazy netherworld of Hollywood starlets, bad drivers, and obnoxious people on every corner has become clichéd and is about as interesting as an episode of TV's Beastmaster. The subplot about the sleazy movie studio and the kid who plays little Crocodile Dundee are both annoying.

The most appropriate audience for this latest Dundee flick will be the children who never got to see the original import from Down Under. The film is light, stages a minimum of violence, and carries a decent message. Too bad that this time Crocodile Dundee will only be recognized as that guy from the car commercials and not the guy with the knife.

Blondes meet crocs.



Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles

Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th April 2001

Box Office USA: $25.3M

Distributed by: Paramount

Production compaines: Bungalow Productions, Silver Lion Films, Vision View Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 11%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 70

IMDB: 4.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee, as Sue Charleton, as Arnan Rothman, as Milos Drubnik, Alec Wilson as Jacko, Gerry Skilton as Nugget O'Cass, Steve Rackman as Donk, as Mikey Dundee, as Jean Ferraro, as Diego, as Miss Mathis, David Ngoombujarra as Arthur, Patrick Dargan as Troy, Matt Winston as Limo Driver, Morgan O'Neill as Matt, Clare Carey as Skater

Contactmusic


Links


Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.