Kangaroo Jack

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Released 2003

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Director:
David McNally
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG

Kangaroo Jack follows two low-level crooks sent to Australia to deliver a package for the mob boss back home. Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) is mobster Salvatore Maggio's (Christopher Walkin) stepson, however Charlie has never gotten the hang of the mobster life and he botches a job hiding stolen goods. Sal gives Charlie and his best friend Louis Booker (Anthony Anderson) the job of delivering $50,000 to a Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas) that they'll find in the outback. On the way, they have a traffic accident involving a kangaroo. This kangaroo bears an uncanny resemblance to a goon back home and, for laughs, they put a jacket and sunglass on for pictures. Before they can retrieve their costume, the kangaroo comes to and hops away. Only then do Charlie and Louis realize the money for Mr. Smith was in the jacket. As the bad guys close in, Charlie and Louis must try and retrieve the money. The 2003 film is directed by David McNally.

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  • 20

    Variety Joe Leydon

    For auds unwilling or unable to grapple with the subtle nuances of "Scooby Doo," Warners now gives us Kangaroo Jack, a shrill and silly farce.

  • 10

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    What better to do with such a quiet, majestic landscape than to liven it up with the noise and vulgarity of lowest-common-denominator American pop culture?

  • 10

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    88 minutes of desperate gyrations intended to simulate humor.

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