If you've ever wondered what producer Jerry Bruckheimer (COYOTE UGLY) could do
with a PG-rated kids' comedy, the slapstick KANGAROO JACK provides the answer: a
beautiful woman in a wet T-shirt and lots of farting camels.
Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell, TOMCATS), a hairdresser, and Louis Fucci
(Anthony Anderson, BARBERSHOP), a bad, small-time crook, have been friends since
childhood. Charlie's stepfather, mob boss Sal Maggio, played in a nicely done,
tiny cameo by Christopher Walken, doesn't like Charlie or Louis. "If these were
medieval times," Sal says, Louis "would have slain the maiden and saved the
dragon," which is probably true.
When Charlie and Louis screw up one of Sal's jobs, he makes them go to Australia
to deliver fifty thousand dollars to a shady character known only as Mr. Smith.
Along the way, our doofus lads lose the cash to an outback kangaroo, whom they
nickname Kangaroo Jack. The movie is a chase picture with the guys, assisted by
a beautiful blonde, Jessie (Estella Warren, PLANET OF THE AGES), chasing the
kangaroo while two sets of bad guys chase them. Although Jessie is supposed to
be a naturalist, she manages to keep full make-up on, day and night, even when
No matter what the trailers lead you to believe, none of the kangaroos sing,
talk or dance, save in a dream sequence and in the closing credits. Still, the
rapping kangaroo dream did draw the second biggest laugh from our young
audience. The biggest roar of laughter came from the long and noisy farting
I've got to admit it. The movie wasn't quite as bad as I thought it was going
to be. If you're a parent, you'll survive, and, if you haven't made it to the
third grade yet, you'll probably think it's funny.
KANGAROO JACK runs 1:24. It is rated PG for "language, crude humor, sensuality
and violence" and would be acceptable for all ages.
Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes