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Kangaroo Jack (2003)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 104

The humor is gratingly dumb, and Kangaroo Jack contains too much violence and sexual innuendo for a family movie.


Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 29

The humor is gratingly dumb, and Kangaroo Jack contains too much violence and sexual innuendo for a family movie.



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Two low-level American crooks head to Australia, where they match wits with a kangaroo (who appears to have an intellectual edge on his pursuers) in this broad comedy. Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) is a hairdresser from Brooklyn whose best friend, Louis Booker (Anthony Anderson), scrapes together a living moving stolen merchandise. Charlie's stepfather, Sal Maggio (Christopher Walken), is a crime kingpin who has loaned Charlie a lot of money and wants to know when he'll get it back; Sal's

Jun 24, 2003


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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (104) | DVD (18)

Likable but negligible.

March 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Parents beware: this film is too crude, violent and offensive for younger viewers.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Aussie-set comic fiasco.

January 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
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It's 89 minutes of pure agony without a laugh in sight.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has an unparalleled knack for assembling Z-grade talent, particularly when operating in family-fun mode.

January 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's clear it was intended to cash in with audiences of all ages, but the antics are distinctly childish, while the romance is sexually suggestive.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A very bad movie -- shouldn't have been PG.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A ragged comedy that features much more lame slapstick action than bouncing beast.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Brainless and inane, this is for undemanding kids only.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Oh, how I wish I didn't know 'Jack'.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source:

It's a thin, tedious caper only notable for its impressive Outback locations and a cameo from Christopher Walken that proves the word 'no' isn't in his vocabulary.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

No one seems to have any idea whether this is an action movie, a comedy, a kid's movie or perhaps a bizarre experiment in kangaroo torture.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Remember when Jerry O'Connell had a future?

July 9, 2003 Full Review Source:

A competent and workmanlike action-adventure romp for kids, briefly enlivened by a funny cameo from Christopher Walken.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian

The movie is crap, but no more so than you'd expect from something with [i]Kangaroo Jack[/i] on the title card and Jerry Bruckheimer's name under the producer credit.

July 6, 2003

If you can imagine how painful it would be to wander aimlessly lost for days on end through the Australian outback, that's how the eighty-nine minutes of this film go by.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

David McNally basically made a mob comedy, realized it wasn't funny and then added in computer-generated shots of the kangaroo that didn't require paying actors for reshoots.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

O personagem-título aparece pouco ao longo da projeção: se somarmos todas as suas cenas, é possível que o resultado não passe de 15 minutos. E se estes 15 minutos já são ruins, imaginem os 75 minutos restantes...

June 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

If only Walken had met up with the kangaroo...

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Parents may find themselves growing tired of the immature undertone, but the charismatic odd couple of O'Connell and Anderson is enough to emphasize the film's light-hearted feel.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

I'm sorry to say that Kangaroo Jack is top of my 2003 'worst list' so far.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Luckily, Australians can't take offence at the lame Aussie "you'd be a banger short of a barbie" stereotypes, because the American characters are just as puerile.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Tie this kangaroo down, sport -- before he makes a sequel.

April 15, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Does anyone really think lame scripts like this make good movies?

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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Audience Reviews for Kangaroo Jack

What a waste of time. Too dumb, too nonsense, too strong for a family entertaining picture, but probably in some decades this horrible thing could be rediscovery by others genarations and receive the title of a classic 'so bad that's good' cult following.
March 17, 2013
Lucas Martins

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It has a few moments of great hilarity and Anderson in the supporting role is hilarious but the acting of everyone else is bad and it completely misses it's target audience. Kangaroo Jack is one of those stupid movies that try to suck it up to the parents by feeding them adult humour, but it's too gross for a movie like this. Or is it?
January 29, 2012
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Directors Cat

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Fine Ausralian-based, American-produced comedy about two best friends (Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson) lure on their adventures to the outback with a frisky kangaroo. Cool car chases and planet stunts frame kid-pleasing jokes: camel farts, ants in the pants, etc.
April 6, 2011
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I don't know why people don't like it! I find it increadibly ammusing!
January 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Louis Booker: I put the money in the jacket, and the jacket on the kangaroo, and now he hoppin' away!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Jessie: Drink this.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Charlie Carbone: No, it's more than that.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Louis Booker: What's eatin' you, man?
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Louis Booker: You know, Charlie, this mysterious Mr. Smith that we're gonna meet? I don't think that's his real name.
    2. Charlie Carbone: Nothin' escapes you, Louis.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Charlie Carbone: Whoo!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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