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Total Crap: 20.45%

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Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
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by iF Magazine

"Best viewed while channel surfing."
3 stars

Affable and harmless if also lacking in discernible impact, CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES has the curious distinction of seeming older than the original 1986 comedy. As moviegoers may recall, the first CROCODILE introduced Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), an easygoing resident of the Australian Outback who hunted giant amphibians and came to the rescue of out-of-her-element cosmopolitan American Sue (Linda Koslowski). A sequel (unseen by this reviewer) had Mick and Sue visiting New York City.

The third time around, Mick and Sue are comfortably ensconced in Walkabout Creek with their 9-year-old son Mikey (Serge Cockburn), who is following in Dad’s capable footsteps. As crocodiles are an endangered species, Mick no longer hunts them. Instead, he and his pal Jacko (Alec Wilson) specialize in live captures of the big, toothy beasts when they show up in areas frequented by humans. As Mick is starting to feel just a bit like a glorified pool cleaner, he decides that he and Mikey should join Sue when she’s called to Los Angeles on family business. Father and son cope well with culture shock, but soon Sue is doing some investigating on behalf of her wealthy dad’s newspaper. One of the reporters died under suspicious circumstances while checking into the financial dealings of a low-budget schlock movie company, and Sue smells a scoop. It’s up to Mick to keep her out of trouble.

As far as the script by Matthew Berry & Eric Abrams goes, it ambles along affably. The writers at least have the wit to make the plot’s McGuffinesque crime be something other than drug-smuggling (even if they can’t resist having their characters point this out). There’s potential for amusing material in the low-budget movie company’s travails, but CROCODILE’s attention is elsewhere, so that the Hollywood subplot is simultaneously underused and obvious.

Director Simon Wincer doesn’t try to punch the jokes too hard, though most of the set-ups are much longer than their punchlines warrant. He and his film are both happiest in the opening sequences set in the Outback, which has gorgeous scenery and a cheery, unforced mood that pales when the setting shifts to L.A.

Hogan is utterly personable, a good thing as CROCODILE hinges on his character. Wilson complements him well as the dim, good-natured sidekick. Koslowski projects tolerant equanimity as Dundee’s understanding mate and Cockburn is credible as their chip-off-the-old-block offspring.

Depending on which standards one uses to judge CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES, there’s nothing much actually wrong with it. It seems less like a theatrical feature than an episode of a light-hearted TV detective show from a few decades back – THE ROCKFORD FILES, for instance, recast with a hero who is at once more relaxed and more naïve than James Garner’s sleuth. It simply doesn’t have the sense of a once-in-a-lifetime event that characterizes most big-screen projects. Then again, it omits the gross-out gags that have become prevalent in feature comedies, which may be reason enough for some audiences to give it a try.

Chances are, the third CROCODILE would be acceptable fare if encountered on the tube while channel-surfing, although viewers might be forgiven for tuning in the following week at the same time, expecting more of the same in the next installment. -- Abbie Bernstein

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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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