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Overall Rating
4.03

Awesome52.17%
Worth A Look: 18.84%
Average: 15.94%
Pretty Bad: 5.8%
Total Crap: 7.25%

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Crocodile Dundee
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by Godfather

"Huh huh. That's not a review. THAT'S a review."
3 stars

The Beverly Hillbillies was one of the pioneers of this one-joke gag. Take some person or persons out of their native element, put them into a radically different situation, and let's see how they cope and if they can assimilate. The lack of assimilation and the ludicrous integration of the person(s) customs into their new environment is theoretically where the laughs come from. And if this one-joke formula was all that Crocodile Dundee had going for it, it would not have been nearly as funny as it was. But in a clever plot development, the formula is adapted so that first the city girl has to try to adapt to the Australian outback and then Australian man has to survive in New York. Yes I know, faithful reader, you are thinking isn't that just the one-joke split into two? Yes, but in this case the parts are definitely greater than the whole.

Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) is a New York reporter who hears about a guy from the Australian outback who, after losing his leg in a crocodile attack, survives after crawling for miles out of the bush. She flies to Australia to meet and do a story about Mick "Crocodile" Dundee (Paul Hogan). From her first meeting with Dundee, Sue is literally swept off her feet by the charismatic, extroverted, egomaniac. The few days they spend together in the outback increases the admiration Sue has for the Australian answer to Tarzan and eventually leads to the idea that Mick come visit New York for a continuance of her newspaper piece. Once in New York, we get to see how Mick deals with the more interesting elements of big city life, including muggers, transvestites and prostitutes.

If this was all there was to the film it would have been nothing more than a footnote in the history of Australian based films seen in North America. But the film cleverly avoids this trap by side-stepping two potentially deadly pitfalls. First, Mick (and friends) rely on modern day devices in performing tasks that they stereotypically would use traditional methods for. For example, just at the start of his and Sue's journey to the outback, Dundee checks his friend's watch for the time (Sue is not aware of this) then in Sue's presence looks up at the sun, announces the time to the minute and suggests they better get moving. Sue of course is suitably impressed. The second save is the avoidance of having Mick become a country bumpkin when he arrives in New York. Granted, some of his antics in being introduced to new technology are hilarious (the escalator scene is a scream) but he also adapts to cab rides and restaurants with remarkable ease. And more importantly, with believability.

Crocodile Dundee is a good film but it is not a great film. That is not because of the writing or the plot development, which are both superb. The main problem with this film is Linda Kozlowski, who is to acting what the Nazis were to Polish sovereignty. She got the role because she was Paul Hogan's real-life girlfriend and her sole purpose in the film is to wear tight (sometimes wet) clothing that aptly reveals her nicely shaped breasts and ass. Her acting is so bad that she makes Julia Roberts look competent (a heretofore thought impossible task). This film has got some great comic elements that Hogan utilises to their maximum potential. And while she can't act, Linda Kozlowski's presence is insufficient to ruin the film (to her credit she does have a great pair of tits). Overall, this is a pretty funny movie and certainly worth the cost of a rental.

For Hollywood BitchSlap, I'm the Godfather.

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User Comments

9/10/13 EDDIED Hogan is excellent and very funny, but the simplicity of the movie kind of dilutes it. 4 stars
12/11/12 Jamie A brilliant movie, good natured and enjoyable. 5 stars
3/11/12 lara.lavender An amazing film that depicts a true australian bush man. He jokes on stereotypes of aussies 5 stars
2/23/11 steve not bad film, awsome acting 4 stars
5/14/09 Chan Makes Aussies look moronic, foreigners think we are stupid and naive 1 stars
3/01/09 Chriv' Enticing,but a disservice to Aust.,cos of inaccurate & even vulgar typicalisations. 3 stars
1/25/09 PAUL SHORTT OVERHYPED, SIMPLISTIC, GANGLY, ADOLESCENT COMEDY 1 stars
3/08/08 Pamela White great mixing of cultures and one liners 5 stars
5/22/07 R.W. Welch Basically Tarzan in New York, but hard to dislike. 4 stars
4/19/07 joanna this movie was totally awesome and id never watch it again because it sucked 5 stars
5/19/06 chienne Quite right, tho as an Aussie, I cringe, but it was fun. 3 stars
8/18/05 ES I don't know, I thought it was funny 4 stars
11/02/04 gtr cool funny 5 stars
3/25/04 Ch'erie Hey he's an Icon here in OZ, ease up you yanks, we cant all be bloodthirsty gunslinging rat 5 stars
8/20/03 Ya Mumma Top Film! 5 stars
6/27/03 vin :D 5 stars
5/09/03 sihem Bellil very entertaining 4 stars
4/09/03 JL I thought this was a really fun movie! And Linda Kozlowski is sexy and did a fine job! 5 stars
1/28/03 Pinkline Jones Hogan makes Anna Nicole Smith look like Olivier 1 stars
1/10/03 Ryan pretty cool 5 stars
12/14/02 mike solan good ,aughh, great writing and cast 5 stars
10/29/02 Desirea May Bentley awsome 5 stars
10/18/02 stuntman very cool, the character is very intersting 4 stars
10/16/02 Desirea May Bentley awsome 5 stars
9/17/02 Jasmine Cassim not what real australian's are like!!! 2 stars
9/05/02 Sarah Elzabeth Burn It's Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/23/02 Butterbean Hogan was so cute in this one. 4 stars
5/16/02 Jodie Douglas kool 5 stars
3/26/02 jossy i loved it helerious 5 stars
3/04/02 Renaldo Roesch yeah 5 stars
3/04/02 Beccy The movie tottally kicks ass 5 stars
2/25/02 geraldclark superfunny 5 stars
2/14/02 ryan bailey i really liked that movie,I,ve already got it on video. 5 stars
11/17/01 kae I think the film is very good 5 stars
10/24/01 Osama Fuck America 2 stars
10/07/01 Jess Watched it over and over and over and over an... 5 stars
9/16/01 Reini Urban Fresh actors in a conventional comedy. 3 stars
8/17/01 IM HOMOSEXUAL DO YOU WANT TO HAVE SEX!!! 1 stars
8/12/01 -=rGlM=- It's pretty good I guess 5 stars
8/09/01 George Bush Not bad Paul Hogan was with a pretty good chick id give her a go 5 stars
8/05/01 dakota frahn hello do you know my name 5 stars
7/03/01 The Stuff Funny shit, too bad for part three Christ! 4 stars
5/16/01 AKOONAMATATA VERY COOL 5 stars
5/08/01 emma it was ok 4 stars
5/08/01 tom cool 5 stars
4/25/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) With an almost complete absence of slapstick, it's hilarious...what more could you want?? 5 stars
4/14/01 Rebecca Smith I just LOVE the movie, the third one came out yesterday so im going to see that now 5 stars
4/06/01 Dean Wall I thought it was great and I've seen the 2nd one as well, I hope to see the 3rd as well. 5 stars
3/31/01 Todd Grace Its a beauty,loved it, seen it ten twenty times 5 stars
3/30/01 Ro Outstanding 5 stars
3/06/01 Jessica Really cool! Paul is so Hot! 5 stars
2/26/01 Andy I thought it had a lot of action and comedy 5 stars
2/25/01 Greg Tingle Donk (Steve "Crusher" Rackman) Rules 4 stars
2/14/01 Michelle McEwan Its crap 1 stars
11/26/00 Kelly It is a great movie and Paul Hogan is so so so cute! 5 stars
9/14/00 john wood you can't can dundee because you don't dig linda. The box office proves it. 4 stars
5/04/00 Megan Winter Great movie! 5 stars
3/31/00 Bruce An entertaining comedy classic 4 stars
7/24/99 I.P. Freehley Paul Hogan is a big hunky ass goblin. Puke city. 2 stars
7/07/99 Ben Leostein Rating: *** (out of ****) Category: "Good" 4 stars
4/25/99 mkitterman I laughed, i cried,i threw this rottem film on the barbie.oh yeah, i cried some more. 2 stars
3/03/99 little jerry Best part was Linda Kozlowski revealing her womanly bottom. 3 stars
1/26/99 {{{OZ}}} 'Feel good' city. Transparently sugary with some funny moments. Could have been worse. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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