Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

It's still charming, but this most recent resurrection of the surprisingly successful film series from the 80's drowns in its own set of cliches. This time, Mick J. "Crocodile" Dundee, Sue Charlton, and their kid (yep, they got a kid but never married) move to Los Angeles. Old Dundee seems to fit in with the environment well with the usual cultural cock-ups. The script here is really inadequate with only a minimal amount of laughs or thrills and the whole part about Dundee going undercover and catching bad guys was blatantly contrived. The best moment in the film is where Mikey (the kid) stuns a rat with an eraser at school. When asked why he didn't kill it, he responds, "My dad says if you're going to kill something, you've got to eat it." The painfully cheesy scene with Mike Tyson really made me want to puke. Still, the whole thing is utterly charming and I enjoyed watching it.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence

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Starring:

Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Jere Burns, Jonathan Banks, Alec Wilson, Gerry Skilton, Steve Rackman, Serge Cockburn, Aida Tuturro

Directed by:

Simon Wincer

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2001 comedy

Rated PG.

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Don Ignacio's score: C+

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