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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)
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 chasing the kangaroo in their rental 4WD, an aerial shot shows it to be longer wheelbase with a spare wheel on the bonnet and a khaki colour. When it cuts back to a land based shot the car is dark blue, shorter and no spare wheel. See more »


Louis: The kangaroo got the money!
Charlie: What are you talking about?
Louis: I put the money in the jacket, and the jacket on the kangaroo, and now he's hopping away!
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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 »


Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Fat Slags (2011) See more »


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Written by Sheryl Crow & Jeffrey Trott
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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