Kangaroo Jack

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Kangaroo Jack
Kangaroo jack.jpg
Directed by David McNally
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by Steve Bing
Barry O' Brien
Scott Rosenberg
Starring Jerry O'Connell
Anthony Anderson
Estella Warren
Michael Shannon
Christopher Walken
Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Peter Menzies Jr.
Edited by John Murray
William Goldenberg
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17)
Running time 89 Minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget $60,000,000

Kangaroo Jack is a 2003 buddy-action movie from Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken, Estella Warren and Adam Garcia. An animated children's sequel, titled Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!, was produced and released on video in 2004.

Upon release, the film's reception was negative. Critics overall expressed dislike for the acting, directing, length, and writing. It received an average rating of 8% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the poor critical reception, the film was a commercial success.

Plot[edit]

The movie begins in the past in 1982, where a boy named Charlie Carbone is about to become the stepson of a mobster named Salvatore Maggio (Christopher Walken). On that same day, he meets his new best friend, Louis Booker, who saves him from drowning, and the mobster's apprentice Frankie Lombardo.

Now 20 years later in 2002, Charlie (Jerry O'Connell) has his own beauty salon, and Louis (Anthony Anderson) is still his best friend. After they botch the job of hiding some stolen goods, resulting in some of Sal's men getting arrested, Sal gives Charlie and Louis one more chance. Under the instructions of Sal's recurring minion Frankie Lombardo (Michael Shannon), they have to deliver a package to Australia to a man named Mr. Smith. Frankie also tells them that should they run into trouble, they should call Mr. Smith at the cell phone number he gives them. Unknown to Charlie and Louis, Sal tells his Capo that he is "cancelling their return trip."

Once on the plane Louis peeks into the package, only to find $50,000.

On their way to Mr. Smith, they run over a kangaroo. Louis puts his "lucky jacket" on the kangaroo and with Charlie's sunglasses, they think the kangaroo looks like Jackie Legs, one of Sal's goons. The kangaroo then comes back to life and hops away, but there is one problem: the $50,000 was in the jacket. Charlie and Louis hop into the jeep and attempt to grab the money from the jacket on the kangaroo but the ensuing chase ends with the duo running into a field of termite mounds and crashing into a pile of rocks. At a nearby bar, Louis manages to call Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas) and tell him about the situation. Mr. Smith tells Louis that they had better have his money when he comes after them, which he does.

Back in New York, Salvatore gets a call from Mr. Smith saying that Charlie and Louis haven't arrived yet. Thus, Salvatore sends Frankie and some men to Australia to look into this.

Meanwhile, one of the attempts to reclaim the money strands Charlie and Louis in the desert. They finally get help from a lady named Jessie (Estella Warren) to help them catch the kangaroo at the nearest valley.

Quite unexpectedly, they get attacked by Mr. Smith and his henchmen. Charlie and Louis outsmart them, only to find Frankie joins in the battle.

After getting the money back from the kangaroo, they learn from Frankie that Sal really sent them to Australia to pay for their own execution, but all of a sudden, police come at the right moment and arrest Frankie, Mr. Smith, and their henchmen and Charlie reclaims Louis's lucky jacket from the kangaroo.

One year later, Charlie and Jessie are married and sell their new shampoo, Salvatore Maggio is on trial, and Louis is currently Charlie's advertising partner. As for the kangaroo (called Kangaroo Jack), he is still hopping around the outback.

Cast[edit]

Critical response[edit]

As of August 17, 2014, based on 113 reviews collected by the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Kangaroo Jack has received an overall rating average of 8%, with an average score of 3.2 out of 10.Joe McGovern in the Village Voice described Kangaroo Jack as "witless" and stated "The colorless script...seems to have written itself from a patchwork of Wile E. Coyote cartoons, camel farts, and every high-pitched Aussie cliché to have echoed on these shores". [1] Nathan Rabin, reviewing the film for the AV Club, remarked "Kangaroo Jack's premise, trailer, and commercials promise little more than the spectacle of two enthusiastic actors being kicked over and over again by a sassy, computer-animated kangaroo—and, sadly, the film fails to deliver even that." [2] Gary Slaymaker in the British newspaper The Western Mail said "Kangaroo Jack is the most witless, pointless, charmless drivel unleashed on an unsuspecting public".[3] For their performances, Anthony Anderson and Christopher Walken were both nominated for Worst Supporting Actor at the 2004 Golden Raspberry Awards, but they lost to Sylvester Stallone for Spy Kids 3D: Game Over. The Australian newspaper The Age included Kangaroo Jack on its list of "worst films ever made".[4]

Jerry Bruckheimer started working exclusively with Disney following the release of Bad Boys II six months later.

Box office[edit]

The film was released on January 17, 2003 and grossed $16,580,209 over the 3-day MLK opening weekend, and $21,895,483 over the 4-day MLK weekend, ranking #1 that weekend. It ended up grossing $66,934,963 domestically and $21,994,148 overseas for a worldwide total of $88,929,111.

Sequel[edit]

An animated sequel, Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!, was released direct-to-video on November 16, 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe McGovern, "Kangaroo Jack". Village Voice. January 18, 2003. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Nathan Rabin, "Kangaroo Jack". The AV Club. January 27, 2003. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Gary Slaymaker, The Western Mail, May 16, 2003, (p.2)
  4. ^ Lawrie Zion, "Home Movies". The Age, September 11, 2003. (p.7)

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