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Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

Action & Adventure movie directed by Simon Wincer

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New Take on Old Idea

  • Apr 18, 2001
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Pros: HAs some funny Parts

Cons: No real Story.

The Bottom Line: Not bad, but nothing Fresh.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

There is an old axiom in Hollywood that states that if a person had a hit once
with a certain character, then odds are enough people will want to see the character
again in sequels
This trend was very evident during the sequel crazed 80's and 90's as we
saw numerous films coming out with Roman Numerals after the title and often
the films were of an inferior quality to those that preceded it driven only
by one factor, greed.
I had some trepidation regarding "Crocodile Dundee in LA" as it seemed
as if the film would be nothing more than star Paul Hogan's desperate bid to
revive his flagging career, as aside from his car and beer commercials, his
Non-Dundee roles "Almost and Angel" and "Lightning Jack" were largely ignored
by audiences.
The new Dundee film rejoins Paul Hogan with his real life wife Linda Kozlowski
as they raise their son in the Australian Outback. It seems Mick Dundee and
Sue have never bothered to get married, but have a happy life with one another
and their son Michael. Mick is starting to wonder if he is getting to old to
be a Croc Wrangler and what direction his son will go. Will young Mike be a
Crocodile Wrangler like his father, or a journalist like his mother.
Micks ponderings are put aside as Sue is asked by her newspaper owning father
to head up the LA office after the sudden death of the Editor there.
Thinking that the move would be great for them all the family heads off
to LA.
What happens next is the formula that made the original film such a success
as Mick attempts to survive the Urban Jungle with his outback ways. The film
offers a number of funny scenarios as Mick deals with everything from freeways, fast food, and aggressive single women.
The comedy of the film is set against a very thin backdrop of some bad
studio execs who are up to no good. This storyline is very thin, and seems to
be inserted into the film simply as a method for Hogan to take a break from
the comedy to play hero. That being said, the film while not having much of
a plot had some funny moments, and Hogan once again showed that despite being typecast as a one character wonder, with any type
of a story, his easygoing charm could make him a box office draw.

All in all, not a bad day in LA.

3 stars out of 5.

Gareth Von Kallenbach



Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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review by . May 15, 2007
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This movie is an existence proof that the same approach to comedy can be done once too often. In this third movie in the Crocodile Dundee genre, Mick Dundee is transplanted to Los Angeles, where he is once again trying to play the hick in the big city. However, that premise fails, the jokes are predictable and when they are not, they come across as dumb. The scene where Mick and his friend are ordering food at Wendy's is too long and very boring. There is another scene where some Hollywood people …
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How long has it been since Paul Hogan's grizzled but charming alter ego appeared in a new movie? Well, long enough for the character, Crocodile Dundee, and his American companion, Sue Charleton (Hogan's real-life wife, Linda Kozlowski), to have raised a 9-year-old son, Mikey (Serge Cockburn), in the rough-and-tumble Australian outback that Dundee calls home. As with its two predecessors, however,Crocodile Dundee in Los Angelesis no domestic comedy but a fish-out-of-water comic adventure, this time finding Dundee and his mate Jacko (Alec Wilson) relocated in balmy Southern California to help journalist Sue investigate a crooked studio executive. The jokes are predictable (L.A. traffic, Hollywood phonies, yoga) but fun, anyway, and there are some celebrity cameos to spice things up. Australian director Simon Wincer, who worked with Hogan onLightning Jack, is very effective at keeping this light material briskly moving along even if he can't make it any more memorable than it has a right to be. All in all, this is a pleasant but forgettable experience, a far cry from the Capra-esque leanings of Hogan's first screen outing asCrocodile Dundee.--Tom Keogh
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Director: Simon Wincer
Genre: Action, Adventure
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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