Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
Directed by Simon Wincer
Review by Matt Heffernan <email@example.com>
Once a third film in a series comes out, one must question whether a review is necessary. First of all, if it makes it into theatres, then there is a good reason. Sometimes, second sequels are quite exceptional, like Back to the Future 3 and Goldfinger. Of course, the 20th Bond film is being made, proving the strength of that franchise. But Crocodile Dundee? Did the unnecessary sequel leave people asking for more? Certainly the first film is a favorite, and the characters are appealing, but is that enough for a franchise?
Well, somebody thought so, and they took Paul Hogan out of Subaru Commercial Hell to reprise his most famous role: Mick "Crocodile" Dundee. He first left the Australian outback for New York, and brought newswriter Sue Charlton (Hogan's real-life wife Linda Kozlowski, who gets her name above the title!!!) back home to start a family. Now, their son Mikey (Serge Cockburn) is nine years old, but Mick and Sue remain unmarried. This is somehow related to the fact that Sue's publishing father brings her into Los Angeles to fill a position at Newsday's branch office there (and you thought they never left Long Island).
The last person at that post was killed while writing a story about some two-bit studio that makes cheesy action movies on the Paramount lot (no, it's not Paramount Pictures). Something seems suspicious to Sue, so she wants to investigate further. Mick volunteers to be a mole, getting hired on the set of Lethal Agent III as an extra, and eventually a chimp handler.
That's right: not only is there a kid in the film, but a monkey (excuse me, small ape) as well. And Jere Burns plays the slimy head of this little studio, because that's all he knows. Sorry, Jere. You'll never be a romantic lead outside of a sitcom, and it still bewilders me that you managed to do that.
The film pretty much depends on these added gimmicks to keep it going, along with the inherent likeability of Mick Dundee. Only this time, he can't really be so green about America, but he still has a lot to learn. So, he tries to act as a field guide for his son, but generally fails.
There are some funny moments, but the film is just too desperate to sustain interest. It's a silly, family-friendly comedy, but not a very good one. It was refreshing to see something good-natured for once -- something that I wouldn't be uncomfortable taking a child to see. I just need more to satisfy my adult self.
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