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Kangaroo Jack

When two friends from Brooklyn are forced to deliver mob money to Australia, they lose the cash when a wild kangaroo inadvertently takes off with it into the Outback. Unfortunately, the chase is on.


The only way to adequately convey how insanely stupid Kangaroo Jack is is to simply describe it. Hairdresser Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) knows two things: his stepfather Sal (Christopher Walken) is a mob boss and his best friend Louis (Anthony Anderson) will find a way to get them both in a lot of trouble. True to form, Louis involves Charlie in a scam that ends up exposing one of Sal's operations to the police. D'oh! Instead of immediately whacking the two dunderheads (which would have been a blessing), Sal sends them on an errand to deliver $50K to a guy in Australia. As Charlie and Louis are driving through the Outback, they accidentally hit a kangaroo, and thinking it's dead, Louis puts his lucky red jacket on the animal to take some souvenir photos. Here's where it gets and lush flora and fauna. And of course, the kangaroo steals the show. He runs around eating candy out of Louis's jacket pockets, kicking people in the chest and, in one dream sequence, rappin' and breakdancin'. Listen, anything is better than watching the actors muddle through the awful premise. You spend most of the time fidgeting, looking at your watch and wondering when the kangaroo is coming back. Unfortunately, he doesn't show up nearly as often as you would like.

Bottom Line

Make no mistake about it. Kangaroo Jack is a movie that will appeal to a very limited audience--boys 8 to 12. If you don't fall into this category, don't waste your time.