Crocodile Dundee

1986

Crocodile Dundee

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Infectiously easygoing charm and a leading man in the role he was born to play help Crocodile Dundee make the most of its familiar fish-out-of-water premise.

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59%

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Accustomed to a simple life in the Australian Outback, a legendary crocodile hunter has trouble adjusting to his new surroundings when an American journalist brings him to New York City. This Australian comedy delivers exactly what one would expect: plenty of fish-out-of-water gags about the hunter's reactions to the absurdity of modern urban life. Though he initially seems rather naive, Paul Hogan's "Crocodile" Dundee soon demonstrates that his natural ways are rather quite well-suited to city life, proving himself equally adept at defeating muggers and charming members of high society. Along the way, as one might expect, a romance develops between the rugged hunter and the hardened journalist, who finds herself enchanted by his down-to-earth behavior. The story is not particularly original, but the film's good-natured humor proved extremely palatable to audiences, as indicated by its worldwide box office success. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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  • May 09, 2015
    A surprisingly decent little fish-out-of-water comedy here. Not that it would set the world on fire. This is the type of movie that would probably be better if I watched nearer to the time it actually came out. A lot of the comedy just doesn't come across as fresh as it did almost 30 years ago. And it's what you would definitely call an inconsistent comedy. Color me surprised when I find out that the first half, or slightly more than it, actually takes place in Australia with Mick and Sue spending some time together in the Outback, sharing their stories, philosophies and opinions. Of course that makes it sound like this is a thought-provoking examination on the socio-economic oppression those in the lower class face, that's the first thing that came to mind, and it's obviously not that. But the scenes in Australia are far superior, from a more screenwriting standpoint, than the American scenes. The stuff in America is every fish-out-of-water stuff you've ever seen with Mick struggling to adjust to the differences in his surroundings and the culture compared to his simpler lifestyle in the outback. Whether or not this set Australians 20 years back in the eyes of the world is up for Australians to decide. But Paul Hogan plays his role fairly well. He definitely comes across as a charming, every-man. The fish-out-of-water concept is one that you can very easily pull off and get laughs from the lowest common denominator. And I don't mean that in a condescending manner, not in the least, it's just saying that it's broad and it gets laughs from a large percentage of a casually viewing audience. Granted it's a concept that has been done to death in the ensuing years since this film's release, so it's hard not to be influenced by that when reviewing this. Some of it works, but not tremendously, and some of it really falls flat. The biggest problem in the film, outside of Mick and Sue's impending romance, there's no real story reason for you to invest in this. Mick comes to New York at Sue's behest because...why not? They do it under the guise of that he'd get money for his tour guide business, or whatever business it is he owns. But once Mick gets to New York, nothing really happens past him and Sue somewhat flirting with each other and Mick getting into sitcom-y shenanigans. At the very least, in Coming to America, part of it was this African Prince adjusting to American life, but he was also searching for a wife to potentially make his queen. It had dual purposes. This movie, on the other hand, doesn't really seem to have anything going on story-wise past the bare minimum of Mick and Sue finding each other attractive and thinking that that is basis enough to build a successful relationship on. That is literally all there is to this movie. Talk about empty. It's never bad, though some of the jokes are pretty bad, it's just that there's nothing underneath the outer shell here. And this is regarding the scenes in America. The stuff in Australia, at least, had some interesting discussions, here and there, between Sue and Mick. Really, this is just average at best. It has some decent moments and it's never bad, but it feels incredibly outdated almost 30 years after the fact. It's a film that has aged better than others, but it still hasn't aged THAT well when you really think about it. I can only recommend it if you have Netflix. It's not something I would go out of my way to see, but you can do far worse if you've got some time to kill.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2014
    The Australian comedy that took America by storm, "Crocodile" Dundee, delivers a ton of laughs from Down Under. While doing a story on an Australian outdoorsman named Mick Dundee who survived a crocodile attack, American journalist Sue Charlton decides to bring him back to New York City to see what he makes of the urban jungle. Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski lead the cast and give strong performances. The culture shock comedy is also done pretty well, and is clever and fun. But, it's all rather routine for this type of film and doesn't give much depth to its characters. Still, despite its predictable nature, "Crocodile" Dundee is an entertaining fish-out-of-water comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    Like its star Paul Hogan this film was once big, real big, a force to be reckoned with, but has since completely disappeared into obscurity. There was a time when the slender blonde leather faced Hogan was everywhere here in the UK, mainly advertising beer and acting the gruff Aussie, it was very popular. I think what is so endearing about this film is Hogan's character, his charm, lack of tact, surprising strength, rugged looks, Tarzan like abilities, gloriously over the top threads, blatant unknowing male chauvinism and the overall stereotypical rough Aussie masculinity bordering on rudeness we've all heard about. The epitome of the typical Aussie cowboy living in the merciless Aussie outback. Yet despite all that he's still a decent man, good natured, bit of a ladies man and a very likeable fellow who does what's right (most times) or what he believes is right. He accepts who he is and we the audience accept it too, he's a bit of a lad (albeit middle aged lad). I tend to think that the rather over board portrayal of Mick Dundee is kinda toyed with for the international audience. I'm sure there are folk like this in the depths of the outback but the extreme stereotyping going on I think is there to make people laugh, give them what they expect but bigger. Everybody has a perception of different people from different countries and this is what many countries probably expected to see (at the time) when it came to Aussie blokes living in the bush (or Aussie males as a whole). The ragtag, scruffy, unwashed, unshaven, dirty shirt wearing bar patrons in Walkabout Creek pretty much some up the humongous stereotyping going on. Or maybe I'm wrong, maybe this IS how blokes in small desert towns of Australia's outback look and behave! Maybe all the sheila's are rather butch with cropped hair and work behind the bar...beats me, but it seems a tad forced. The plot is pretty much your Prince Charming type affair really, but in the Aussie outback, a modern day Tarzan. The beautiful blonde Kozlowski goes walkabout with Hogan's Dundee, gets into dangerous situations, shown how to survive, meets local Aboriginal tribes folk and slowly falls in love with the athletic bushman. The first half of the film is set in the outback of Oz and displays terrific scenery alongside some great visual gags and exciting moments, including Kozlowski's ass. The second half of the film is set on the streets of New York and again displays some genius visual gags (for the time) alongside more expected exciting moments...you just knew the pair would come across street punks at some point. What is amazing is back in the day (and now even) this film was a fresh idea, it was quite unique and still is really. If you scratch beneath the surface it tends to have a kind of 'Police Academy' motif/theme really, lots of obvious setups for hero moments, love scenes, silly gags etc...But its such a slice of good wholesome cheer I really can't fault it at all. You know what I'm gonna say...looking back this film is horrendously cliched, cheesy and predictable, seriously so. But back in the 80's this was a tremendous hit and rightly so, it has everything you could want for a great fun time with a lovely happy ending. Only downer I can see is this franchise totally typecast Hogan and pretty much ended his film career as he never bettered this, his best rough bluecollar Aussie charmer.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2012
    First half was funny and clever, Second half boring, Predictable and too much of a love story.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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