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Kangaroo Jack (2003)

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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.

Director:

David McNally

Writers:

Steve Bing (story), Barry O'Brien (story) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry O'Connell ... Charlie Carbone
Anthony Anderson ... Louis Booker
Estella Warren ... Jessie
Christopher Walken ... Sal Maggio
Marton Csokas ... Mr. Smith
Dyan Cannon ... Anna Carbone
Michael Shannon ... Frankie Lombardo
Bill Hunter ... Blue
David Ngoombujarra David Ngoombujarra ... Mr. Jimmy
Marco Sellitto Marco Sellitto ... Blasta (as Mark Sellitto)
Damien Fotiou Damien Fotiou ... Baby J
Christopher James Baker ... Crumble (as Christopher Baker)
Ryan Gibson ... Hoon
Denise Roberts ... Tansy
Antonio Vitiello Antonio Vitiello ... Toot
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Storyline

Louis Booker and Charlie Carbone are close friends with an association with the mob. After the duo botch a delivery of stolen TVs, the duo are given a second chance by mob leader Sal Maggio, who happens to be Charlie's stepfather. The duo are to deliver $50,000 to a contact in Australia. As simple as the job sounds, complications emerge when a kangaroo steals the money. Now Charlie and Louis must find the kangaroo and get the money back before they find themselves in a worse predicament. Written by Sam

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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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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canguro Jack See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,895,483, 19 January 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,934,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,929,111
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When the boys first arrive in the bar, they are discussing their plans beside the telephone, and Louis says to Charlie, "Damn Skippy", which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a world famous Australian television series, Skippy (1967), which is about a kangaroo that is raised by a family, who manage the local national park See more »

Goofs

If the American gangsters are looking for the two missing couriers in the middle of the desert, why would they throw the pilot out of their car when they realise that they had been his passengers and he might, therefore, have a good idea of where to find them? See more »

Quotes

Charlie Carbone: [after kissing Jessie under the waterfall] Okay, I'll admit it. This is the most romantic moment of my entire life.
Louis Booker: [Runs over] AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
[Does a cannonball into the water]
Charlie Carbone: And now it's over.
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Crazy Credits

During the Jerry Bruckheimer Films logo at the beginning of the movie, you can briefly see two kangaroos crossing the street. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on Nickelodeon, the part where Charlie putting his hand on Jessie's breast during his mirage daze was cut out. So instead, it showed Charlie about to reach out before being hit in the head with the water canister by Jessie. Also, the part where Blue says "Never should have left the pub!" was edited out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Robot Chicken: Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Superman (Theme)
Written and Performed by John Williams
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
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Very misleading
19 March 2011 | by hung_fao_tweezeSee all my reviews

I was fooled by the packaging. I expected the movie to be about a kangaroo. It was - but just barely. I even thought it would be about a talking kangaroo. It was - but only for a moment. It was advertised as fodder for kids. Well, it tends to remain in the general audience vein with brief strays into light-hearted sexual innuendo. No, here the kangaroo is simply incidental to the actual story which isn't that compelling to start with. It is mostly a CGI kangaroo and not always a very good one. When the animal is actually on the screen it tends to almost be annoying because it tends to come across as a commercial. Sort of like .... meanwhile, here is what the kangaroo is doing. It breaks up the storyline with somewhat lame attempts at the kangaroo trying to be funny. Completely unnecessary. As for the story - it could have actually been a good Mafia-lite film in a way. The resulting revelation about the purpose of the kangaroo hijacked envelope of money was the most interesting part of the film. There are some amusing sequences but nearly none have anything to do with the kangaroo. Why was the kangaroo billed as the star? I don't know. Even as the film ends the kangaroo soliloquies that he is the star and finally gets to performing in the way I originally thought the film was going to convey. By the end of the film I felt somewhat betrayed. I was waiting for a kangaroo that never really happened.


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