Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Crocodile" Dundee II (1988)

Crocodile Dundee Movie #2 (Yeesh – the VHS jacket looks as though Crockers is about ready to carve up his lady!) I found a VHS copy of Crocodile Dundee II earlier this month. Please click the link to read my review of Crocodile Dundee.

Synopsis: Colombian cocaine cowboys kidnap Crocker’s consort & close companion.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Paul Hogan is definitely the funniest character who ever took a bite out of The Big Apple in ‘CROCODILE’ DUNDEE II. Just as the eccentric Australian is starting to adjust to life in New York City, Dundee and his beautiful girlfriend (Linda Kozlowski) are targeted for death by a gang of ruthless drug dealers. Dundee evens the odds by leading the big-city hoods into the treacherous Australian outback

What Did I Learn?: The “toughest street gang in New York City” is 30-something, multi-ethnic, hangs out in a clubhouse with giant neon displays, and enjoys listening to Iggy Pop’s “Real Wild Child” at every opportunity.

Really?: 1) See “What Did I Learn?”. 2) I realize Australia isn’t Colombia, but wouldn’t the drug growers be a little more at home in the bush than they appear to be? 3) Does the US Justice system allow material witnesses to essential flee the country before trial? 4) I had a bit of trouble believing a Colombian drug kingpin would be so charming to Sue, especially after she calls him a “grubby little parasite.”

Rating: I’m not a big fan of the Crocodile Dundee trilogy; the original is forgettable fluff – an hour’s worth of plot made longer with mostly dumb jokes and scenes of Crockers encountering random street thugs. Alas, Crocodile Dundee II doesn’t work well as either a comedy (because it’s not funny) or as an action-adventure because we know Dundee is a lot smarter/tougher than the Colombians, and he never appears to be in any real danger. Paul Hogan mostly mugs his way through this sequel while Linda Kozlowski doesn’t do much besides look concerned, and I have a funny feeling Charles Dutton doesn’t talk much about his performance as “bad, bad Leroy Brown”, the baddest stationary-selling mack-daddy in the Big Apple. 5.5/10 stars.


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