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Kangaroo Jack
     

Kangaroo Jack

4.0 6
Director: David McNally

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

 

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Although the DVD for Kangaroo Jack looks like a special edition, the actual supplements don't amount to much. Granted, there is a decent, but hardly revealing, scene-specific commentary from director David McNally, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and actors Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, and Estella Warren, but also included is a 13-minute

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Although the DVD for Kangaroo Jack looks like a special edition, the actual supplements don't amount to much. Granted, there is a decent, but hardly revealing, scene-specific commentary from director David McNally, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and actors Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, and Estella Warren, but also included is a 13-minute commentary from Kangaroo Jack. Yes, only 13-minutes, and it's just not funny. Next up is "Casting Sessions -- Uncut," a very brief Animal Planet-style piece with animals doing funny things. While that's cute, the next segment isn't. Entitled "Behind the Gas," sound designer Steve "Bud" Johnson discusses his contribution to the film: farting camels. This is followed by "Jackie Legs' Dance Grooves," from which you, too, can learn to dance like the titular character, and the five-minute featurette "Marsupial Magic," which, without going into depth, looks at the different visual effects used for the kangaroos. Finally, there is a gag and outtake reel (click on the icon to the right of this section to reveal some hidden production sketches), the theatrical trailer, and some basic cast and crew filmographies. Fortunately, things get better with the picture and sound. The 2.35:1 anamorphic picture is not without its faults, but still looks exceptional. As is common, a pan-and-scan version is also available. Colors are reproduced nicely, but there is often a certain lack of detail, although it's not enough of a distraction to be a problem. The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is also reasonably decent. Bass comes in at the appropriate moments and, while the surrounds aren't used extensively, there are moments where the right effect is created. The dialogue is clear and without any significant breakdown or distortion. Although childish in every way, this isn't a horrible film, and while the DVD is nothing extraordinary, it does have enough to entertain.

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:
06/24/2003
UPC:
0085392454129
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Casting Sessions -- Uncut" featurette; Gags and outtakes; "Jackie Leg's Dance Grooves" featurette; "Behind the Gas" featurette; "Marsupial Magic" featurette; Audio commentary by Kangaroo Jack ; Audio commentary by Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren, director David McNally, and Visual Effects Supervisor Hoyt Yeatman ; Interactive Menus ; Cast, director and writer film highlights ; Theatrical trailer ; Scene access; Language and subtitles: English, French and Spanish

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. When Charlie Met Louis
2. Totally Legit Favor
3. They Didn't Know!
4. Mission Down Under
5. In the Bathroom
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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Kangaroo Jack 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kangaroo Jack is a halarious movie where two men have just recieved a huge amount a money and place it in a jacket.A kangaroo named Jack finds the jacket and puts it on.The men chase him to retrive the money,but Jack outsmarts them each time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How many lines does the kangaroo have in a movie named after him? Anyone? ONLY 3!!! I think there should have been way more dialog with the kangaroo. But it did have it's funny spots nonetheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the funnest I have ever seen. Kangaroo Jack doesn't have many lines, but it is not a fantasy movie. These two best friends are sent to deliver money to 'Mr. Smith' in the Australian outback, but they don't realize it is money until they are on the plane, then they hit a 'roo and give the money to it, thinking it is dead, but 'Jack' runs away with their money, so they have to get an American to help them find 'Jack', then they go up in the air with a drunk pilot. The movie is just as improbable as my discription. This movie is rated PG, but I don't believe that it is a good movie for, say a six year old kid, because of some sexual situations, and a little mild language.
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