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Two childhood friends, a New York hairstylist and a would-be musician, get caught up with the mob and are forced to deliver $50,000 to Australia, but things go haywire when the money is lost to a wild kangaroo.



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David Ngoombujarra ...
Marco Sellitto ...
Blasta (as Mark Sellitto)
Damien Fotiou ...
Crumble (as Christopher Baker)
Antonio Vitiello ...


A comedy that follows the misadventures of two friends from Brooklyn who are forced to deliver mob money to Australia. While taking pictures of a kangaroo, one of them places his red jacket on it. When the wild kangaroo bounces off, they realize the mob money is in the jacket and are forced to give chase through the Outback. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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He stole the money... and he's not giving it back.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, crude humor, sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canguro Jack  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$259,928 (Spain) (25 July 2003)


$259,928 (Spain) (25 July 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Jerry Bruckheimer added a scene where the title kangaroo talks after seeing the success of the Disney release Snow Dogs (2002), which used a similar plot device. See more »


When Blue asks Charlie to take over before the plane crash, Charile doesn't have his goggles on. In the next shot, he's wearing them again. See more »


Charlie: I am Bolo Man.
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Crazy Credits

During the usual "Jerry Bruckheimer Production" credit at the beginning of the movie, you can briefly see two kangaroos crossing the street. See more »


Followed by Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.! (2004) See more »


Tainted Love
Written by Edward Cobb
Performed by Soft Cell
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not Bad But Not Good Either
19 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer adapts his buddy formula for the adolescent set and the result is pretty much what you'd expect from him: an attempt to push the envelope by delivering enough sex and violence to titillate the pre-teens who are likely to be the primary audience and who will know something funky's going on even if they don't get it. Other than that, there's really nothing left to comment on in this chase comedy about a kangaroo that's holding fifty thousand dollars worth of mob money in the Australian outback. It's not bad, necessarily (the kids will love it and the digital effects as far as the kangaroo is concerned are okay), but it's not good either: everything wallows in mediocrity, from the unfunny script (by Steve Bing and Scott Rosenberg, one of the writers of `High Fidelity') that can't even provide decent scatological humor to David NcNally's faceless direction to the blank performances by leads Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson and Estella Warren. Even the chase scenes drone on and on. About the only things of interest are wondering how low Christopher Walken can go for a paycheck and marveling at Dyan Cannon's remarkable sixty-five year old body (even though she's only in the movie about fifteen seconds).

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