Kangaroo Jack

Kangaroo Jack

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Director: David McNally

Cast: David McNally, Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren

     
 

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Two low-level American crooks head to Australia, where they match wits with a kangaroo (who appears to have an intellectual edge on his pursuers) in this broad comedy. Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) is a hairdresser from Brooklyn whose best friend, Louis Booker (Anthony Anderson), scrapes together a living moving stolen merchandise. Charlie's stepfather, Sal Maggio… See more details below

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Two low-level American crooks head to Australia, where they match wits with a kangaroo (who appears to have an intellectual edge on his pursuers) in this broad comedy. Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) is a hairdresser from Brooklyn whose best friend, Louis Booker (Anthony Anderson), scrapes together a living moving stolen merchandise. Charlie's stepfather, Sal Maggio (Christopher Walken), is a crime kingpin who has loaned Charlie a lot of money and wants to know when he'll get it back; Sal's not especially fond of Louis, especially after he and Charlie accidentally lead the police to a storehouse of burgled goods owned by Sal. Charlie owes Sal a big favor, and Sal wants Charlie and Louis out of his hair for a while, so Sal sends them to Australia, where they're to deliver a large amount of cash to a mysterious Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas). En route to their meeting in the outback, Charlie and Louis accidentally run over a kangaroo, and the half-bright tourists decide to dress the dead marsupial in sunglasses and Louis' favorite jacket for snapshots. However, the animal wasn't as dead as they imagined, and it soon hops away, shortly after Louis realizes the payment to Mr. Smith was in the pocket. Now Louis and Charlie are out to find the fast-moving critter, with the help of Jessie (Estella Warren), a wildlife expert; Mr. Jimmy (David Ngoombujarra), a wilderness guide; and Blue (Bill Hunter), a pilot familiar with the outback.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Critics hopped all over this buddy comedy, but children, lured by the somewhat deceptive previews that played up the antics of the eponymous marsupial, made it a modest box office hit. The fish-out-of water story line finds lifelong Brooklyn buddies Charlie (Jerry O'Connell) and Louis (Anthony Anderson) on a forced errand for the Mob in Australia, where they wind up chasing a runaway kangaroo through the Outback. Charlie's mobster stepfather (the always welcome Christopher Walken) dispatches the pair to deliver $50,000 on a mission of absolution, but in one of those only-in-the-movies mishaps, the pair's 50K winds up in the possession of the titular critter, and the chase is on. The kangaroo has the uncanny ability to anticipate their every move (much like the mouse in Mouse Hunt), and he's a sequel-ready scene-stealer, whether delivering martial-arts kicks, sucking on an atomic fireball jawbreaker, or, in one dream sequence, breaking it down to "Rapper's Delight." A trio of flatulent camels provide the requisite scatological humor in a scene that makes the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles look like a model of decorum. But a comical, computer-generated kangaroo does not a family movie make. A subplot involving Mob goons sent to kill Charlie and Louis plays out with too much menace. And Charlie fondles a ravishing conservationist (Estella Warren), whom he mistakes for a mirage. By the time the camera ogles the former swimmer-turned-model during an impromptu bath in a waterfall, you're thinking "lovely," but a PG-13 rating would have been more appropriate.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2010
UPC:
0883929147731
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:29:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry O'Connell Charlie Carbone
Anthony Anderson Louis Booker
Estella Warren Jessie
Michael Shannon Frankie
Christopher Walken Sal Maggio
Bill Hunter Blue
Marton Csokas Mr. Smith
David Ngoombujarra Mr. Jimmy
Dyan Cannon Actor

Technical Credits
David McNally Director
Steve Bing Original Story,Screenwriter
Jon Boyden Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Brian Edmonds Art Director
Eliza Godman Costumes/Costume Designer
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Judith Harvey Set Decoration/Design
Secret Lab Animator
George Liddle Production Designer
Andrew Mason Executive Producer
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
John Murray Editor
Barry O'Brien Original Story
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Kristie Anne Reed Associate Producer
Scott Rosenberg Screenwriter
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Barry H. Waldman Executive Producer
Chris Webb Asst. Director
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kangaroo Jack
1. When Charlie Met Louis
2. Totally Legit Favor
3. They Didn't Know!
4. Mission Down Under
5. In the Bedroom
6. Security Switch
7. Jackie Legs
8. Jumping Jacket Chase
9. Old Alice Inn
10. Honey of a Plan
11. Stages 1 to 4
12. Due East - Like Brooklyn
13. Desert Storms
14. The Real Mirage
15. Kangaroo Dreams
16. A Habit of Camels
17. Getting and Losing a Ride
18. Ants in His Pants
19. There Goes the Moment
20. Mr. Smith Catches Up
21. Turn 'em Around
22. Hot Stuff
23. Mutually Agitated
24. Tight Fit
25. Frankie Goes Long
26. Intimate Moments
27. The Star
28. End Credits

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