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CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES

SYNOPSIS:
Mick Dundee (Paul Hogan) is dragged from outback Australia to Los Angeles by Sue (Linda Kozlowski), the mother of his 11 year old son, Mikey (Serge Cockburn) when she has to take over a newspaper job in her dad’s empire. Sue gets onto a story which requires a helping hand from Mick, who manages to go under cover as a movie extra to uncover a smuggling racket run by gun-toting gangsters.

"The appeal of Mick Dundee as a character has always been his predictability – just like Paul Hogan’s original stand up comic character on the Mike Willessee show a couple of centuries ago. The gags are basically the same, relying on a combination of earthy Aussie nature and jokey reverence for all things Down Under – including cool machismo with a tongue in the old cheek. The popular and populist nature of the character is the One Thing going for this movie, which plays a bit like a tv sitcom, with a series of routines and gags linked loosely by a simple plot. To pull this off at all well, the script has to have a deal of sparkling dialogue and Hoges has to play his self-created, self-parodying role with effortless ease. It does and he does. It sags a bit in the middle but who’ll notice? Only critics."
Andrew L. Urban

"He might live in LA, but there's no taking the Aussie larrikin out of Paul Hogan. Mick Dundee is back - catching crocs and crooks Down Under and in the City of Angels. Crocodile Dundee in LA takes us from our unique and vast outback to Hollywood's slick Boulevards, where the wildlife takes on a different form. The script is sprinkled generously with quirky humour Australian-style and creates a gentle, uplifting and irreverent mood throughout. Hogan continues to dish out a variation on his recipe of simple and at times corny humour with total charm and innocence. There's nothing terribly new, but it's fun, well judged and satisfies expectations. Hogan is the Aussie anti-hero we all love to laugh with. His self-depreciating sense of humour and lack of sophistication has always hit a nerve, and now in this third installment, it's almost nostalgia. Admittedly we can't help but feel a little voyeuristic as we see Hoges (an ordinary ocker bloke) and his Linda (a sophisticated Hollywood blonde) in Beverly Hills together. Hoges looks less out of place in the ritzy settings than you would imagine; the contrasts of the styles makes for interesting and entertaining viewing. The story works well enough and there are delightful cameos from the ever-tanned George Hamilton who reflects on the benefits of coffee colonics in the frenzy of LA fitness fanaticism, while Mike Tyson shows his (ohmmmm) spiritual side. Kozlowski's wardrobe really doesn't fit into the storyline (it is really more 'film star' wardrobe), but who cares; she does look great. Serge Cockburn makes a cute Mick Jnr with the face of an angel that's combined with an irrisistible impishness. Movie sets, stolen masterpieces, drug rackets and plenty of local colour both in Oz and LAX to smoothly deliver the tale of two cities. You'll have to catch the film to see who gets to catch the bridal bouquet – cute touch!"
Louise Keller

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES (PG)
(Aus)

CAST: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Jere Burns, Jonathan Banks, Serge Cockburn

PRODUCERS: Lance Hool, Paul Hogan

DIRECTOR: Simon Wincer

SCRIPT: Matthew Berry, Eric Abrams (story) Paul Hogan (story and screenplay)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Burr

EDITOR: Terry Blythe

MUSIC: Basil Poledouris

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Leslie Binns

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 12, 2001

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures Video

VIDEO RELEASE: September 26, 2001







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