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Awesome: 2.27%
Worth A Look: 6.82%
Pretty Bad: 31.82%
Total Crap: 20.45%

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Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
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by Dust For Eyes

"Feed it to the crocodile"
2 stars

Awful doesn't come close to describing this film. Tired, out of date, xenophobic, ponderous, lifeless, desperate act of a has-been-one-trick-pony-no-talent gets closer.

It's a shame about how Hogan has been on the defensive ever since the success of the Crocodile Dundee films. The first film was fun and he was even better at the 1987 Oscars (when the original was up for a best screenplay award).

Since then a run a flat films and rumours of cosmetic surgery has caused Hogan to retreat into a bunker. Then there were those fateful words that Croc Dundee would never see the light of cinema ever again. So naturally enough here it is.

I did want to like this film. I'm not a tall poppy cutter. I'm glad that Hogan had such a huge success. The biggest independent success from an Australian - Excellent!

I was hoping that something good would come out of this film. I was to be disappointed.

Sue (Kozlowski) picks up a temp job as an editor of a newspaper in Los Angeles after the original editor goes missing. She packs up husband Mick (Hogan), and son Mikie (Cockburn) to the sick sad world of Los Angeles. As Sue investigates the story that her predecessor was working on, she begins to uncover a scam that Mick eventually gets mixed up in.

This film feels like a 2nd rate 80s action comedy - except only worse. It has a very dated feel to it. It's unnecessarily laborious, the action is light and the laughs are few and far between.

It's tragic to see attempted punch lines delivered with all the comedic aplomb of a plane crash. Which is telling since the careers of the minds behind this film risk going down in a similar manner.

The acting is flat, especially Hogan who is atrocious. Dundee's son doesn't seem add much and you wonder why he's there is the first place.

The Balkan crisis has 700 years of history behind it that needs to be studied if we are going to even begin to understand the complex and deep seated motivations and actions of the Serbian and other peoples in the region. So what does Crocodile Dundee in LA do to help along this understanding?

They include a cartoon bad guy who's Serbian complete with silly eastern European accent!

Man is that funny!?

No, it's not. It's bordering on offensive to me and will be damn offensive for anyone with ties to the region.

And what was Mike Tyson doing there? For the lame, nave punch line? That's hardly enough.

While it's useful to have a film hold up a mirror to America and look at itself, nowadays it's films like Traffic that do that job. Crocodile Dundee in LA is nowhere in that league.

But none of that really matters - What's worst is that it even falls short on its own terms. Hogan just wanted a fun film. It just wanted to be a funny and entertaining time in the cinema, but many an attempt of a funny line or situation falls short and the plot is barely there. The film lacks the zest and charm it so desperately needs and depends on.

It is telling that Dundee mistakenly calls himself a person of the 20th Century since that's where he and this film belongs. It's a shame to see this film falter so disappointingly. Not only are there better films, there are other simple zero-thought funny films about that out run this film without even trying.

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User Comments

12/11/12 Jamie The first two were classics. They should've quite while they were ahead. 2 stars
8/18/05 ES Man, ya'll far too picky when it comes to movies, this was a fine film 3 stars
9/13/04 john bale Predictable rehash of old ideas, even with facelift aged Hogan beyond usebydate. 2 stars
8/27/04 ranger4e Has some funny bits. Not nearly as good as the first two movies. 3 stars
4/12/03 Jack Sommersby Good-natured but creatively bankrupt. 2 stars
2/08/03 Evil Bob You realise from the start that scrotal repair with your Black and Decker is a good idea 1 stars
2/06/03 Monster W. Kung Dull and flat, but light-hearted approach and few decent jokes prevent it from being shit. 2 stars
1/28/03 Pinkline Jones One hundred per cent a-grade top of the range SHIITE! 1 stars
10/18/02 stuntman dundee doesn't walk about anymore, just act like an ass 2 stars
3/09/02 niick gregoryu this is a great movie 5 stars
3/07/02 Jenny Tullwartz Love him or hate him, Mike Tyson does better cameos than most jocks. 4 stars
11/30/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Not that bad. 3 stars
11/15/01 Sklorsh Surprisingly funny. Better than the 2nd one (not saying much) 3 stars
5/15/01 Turtle This is actually pretty good fun, even though I haven't seen the other 2 Crocodile Dundees. 4 stars
5/08/01 Movie pretty bad-kill crocodile 2 stars
4/25/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) More slapstick than the previous 2, which I did not appreciate. 2 stars
4/23/01 siro I like Paul Hogan, but can someone please tell me WHY-THE-FUCK THEY MADE THIS MOVIE?!? 2 stars
4/23/01 poetchuck A fun film. Most enjoyable afternoon at the movies in a long time 4 stars
4/21/01 viking Hoges should go back to television. Most of his movies (including this one) are total duds 3 stars
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