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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Carbone
David Ngoombujarra ...
Marco Sellitto ...
Blasta (as Mark Sellitto)
Damien Fotiou ...
Crumble (as Christopher Baker)
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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.

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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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Inspired by an urban legend about a pair of Boston college students on break in Australia. While driving through the Outback, they accidentally hit a kangaroo with their Land Rover. Thinking they had killed it, they got out and placed the driver's Boston Red Sox jacket on the kangaroo to take a picture before moving on. However, the kangaroo was merely unconscious, and awoke in the midst of the photo-taking. It broke free and took off across the Outback, still wearing the Sox jacket...along with the keys to the Land Rover in the pocket. 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: ...if Smith thinks we stole his money then by now Sal thinks we stole his money!
Louis: Hey man, Sal's not gonna hurt us. He's married to your mother.
Charlie: [incredulously] If Sal Maggio thinks we stole his money, he'll kill us *in front* of my mother and then make *her* clean it up!
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During the usual "Jerry Bruckheimer Production" credit at the beginning of the movie, you can briefly see two kangaroos crossing the street. See more »


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Written and Performed by Ivan Rosenberg
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Enjoyable fluff
25 January 2003 | by (New Milford, NJ) – See all my reviews

I was intending to see Confessions of a Dangerous Mind but the newspaper had the times wrong so I ended up seeing this film instead.

The ads for the film don't do it justice. Don't get me wrong. This film is not Citizen Kane but for an easy way to spend a few hours in the theatre isn't bad. The best things in the film are the settings. Sal Maggio's(Christopher Walken) house in Bensonhurst was perfect. Being an old Bensonhurst boy myself, I've seen those huge houses with big walls on small lots which are owned by second-rate mobsters. The Australia scenery was magnificent and has me wistful about getting the chance to spend a month there eventually. The CG Kangaroo is pretty good, better than much of the CG in the last Star Wars atrocity. There's lots of good slapstick.

The film ends stupidly and Estella Warren cannot act. She makes Margaux Hemingway look like Katherine Hepburn or Elizabeth Hurley look like Dame Maggie Smith in terms of acting ability. Not even a clue. Not even the merest soupcon of talent. Stick to the catwalk, baby.

If you like good slapstick and fairly decent chemistry between the two male leads, and you don't mind checking your brain at the door, I recommend this movie.

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