Sunday, September 16, 2012

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)

Guess what – Schuster at the Movies is now one year old! Please click the links to read my September 16, 2011 reviews of Citizen Kane and Lethal Weapon.

Crocodile Dundee Movie #3

Synopsis: It’s Beverly Hills Croc!

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “He’s wrestled crocodiles Down Under and fought crime in New York, but can Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee swim with the sharks in LA? Paul Hogan returns as Crocodile Dundee in this hilarious third installment of the beloved film series.”

What Did I Learn?: Stunning a rat with a chalkboard eraser will instantly make you the coolest kid in your class.

Really?: 1) Isn’t this whole ‘fish out of water’ concept getting a bit old by now? 2) Wait – how does Mick know how to talk to monkeys? There aren’t any in Australia! 3) So wait...Sue asks Mick where he learned so much about the criminal mind, and Mick later says the only time in his life he was ever afraid was when the villains had a gun to her head. Did Crocodile Dundee II ever occur, or is it not considered Crocodile Dundee canon?!?! 4) It’s funny how Croc keeps running into muggers and purse-snatchers, just like the first movie. 5) Waitaminute...several  characters in this flick poke fun at the crooked filmmakers for creating a bad movie and then following it up with even worse sequels – the third being the worst!

Rating: Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles is basically just a re-hash of Crocodile Dundee with a weak sub-plot involving art smuggling filmmakers tacked on. Paul Hogan seems like a pretty likeable guy, and there is one funny scene: Crockers and a buddy visit a drive-thru and cheerfully announce: “Good evening, Wendy!” The rest of the movie is unfunny, dull and forgettable, and one gets the distinct impression from all of the blatant product-placement that it was slapped together to make a quick buck. I cannot recommend this movie. 4.5/10 stars.

Would it Work for a BAD MOVIE NIGHT?: Probably not.


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