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Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

Action & Adventure movie directed by Simon Wincer

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Mick as transplanted hick is used once too often and there is no strong villain to compensate

  • 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 find out that Mick is from Australia and then ask him if he knows Mel Gibson. Mick replies that he does and it turns out that he is talking about another Mel Gibson that lives near Walkabout Creek. Given that the movie star Mel Gibson would be well known all throughout Australia, even Mick Dundee would know who he is.
Interwoven with all the scenes of hickdom gone astray, Mick's companion Sue is a journalist on the track of crooked studio executives. The villains in this case are not very strong, so they do not provide enough support to overcome the weakness of Mick's role as the continuing dummy. The high points of the movie are the cameos by other celebrities. My favorite was the one by Mike Tyson, where he plays some form of mystic peacenik. The funniest point in the movie was when Mick has his son walk away and then asks the Tyson character to help him up because his legs have locked in the crossed position.
This movie is largely forgettable, although Paul Hogan plays the character of Mick Dundee very well; this third time is a dud rather than a charm. Without some other strong supporting theme, such as the evil drug dealers in the second movie, the plot of Mick as transplanted hick is not enough to make an interesting movie.

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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 …
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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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