Kangaroo Jack (2003)

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Critic Consensus: 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 not especially fond of Louis, especially after he and Charlie accidentally lead the police to a storehouse of burgled goods owned by Sal. Charlie owes Sal a big favor, and Sal wants Charlie and Louis out of his hair for a while, so Sal sends them to Australia, where they're to deliver a large amount of cash to a mysterious Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas). En route to their meeting in the outback, Charlie and Louis accidentally run over a kangaroo, and the half-bright tourists decide to dress the dead marsupial in sunglasses and Louis' favorite jacket for snapshots. However, the animal wasn't as dead as they imagined, and it soon hops away, shortly after Louis realizes the payment to Mr. Smith was in the pocket. Now Louis and Charlie are out to find the fast-moving critter, with the help of Jessie (Estella Warren), a wildlife expert; Mr. Jimmy (David Ngoombujarra), a wilderness guide; and Blue (Bill Hunter), a pilot familiar with the outback. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
PG (for language, crude humor, sensuality and violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Cast

Jerry O'Connell
as Charlie Carbone
Anthony Anderson
as Louis Booker
Marton Csokas
as Mr. Smith
Dyan Cannon
as Anna Carbone
Michael Shannon
as Frankie Lombardo
Mark Sellito
as Blasta
Damien Fotiou
as Baby J
Tony Nikolakopoulos
as Sal's Capo
Robert Reid
as Young Charlie
Shawn Smith
as Young Louis
Brian Casey
as Young Frankie
Emma-Jane Fowler
as Outback Bartender
Helen Thomson
as TV Announcer
John McNeill
as Customs Officer
Paul Wilson
as Interrogation Room Officer
David Walsman
as Beach Lifeguard
Lara Cox
as Cute Girl on Plane
Terrell Dixon
as NY Cop
John Gibson
as Sal's Goon No. 1
Nick Jasprizza
as Sal's Goon No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Kangaroo Jack

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (30)

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Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Likable but negligible.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Parents beware: this film is too crude, violent and offensive for younger viewers.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Aussie-set comic fiasco.

January 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's 89 minutes of pure agony without a laugh in sight.

Full Review… | January 31, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has an unparalleled knack for assembling Z-grade talent, particularly when operating in family-fun mode.

Full Review… | January 18, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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?

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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