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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Trailers for the movie emphasized the tacked-on "talking kangaroo" scene, which gave audiences a false impression that this was a family film involving a talking kangaroo. Posters also emphasized the kangaroo. The misleading publicity is often credited with the film's achieving the #1 box office spot on opening weekend; industry observers said later that if the film had been more honestly portrayed as what it was, as a gangster comedy with fairly adult humor, it probably would have failed. The film had dismal reviews from critics and considerable backlash from audiences who felt they had been tricked. There was a direct-to-DVD sequel that was more in line with what was promised by trailers, as it was an animated family comedy. See more »

Goofs

When confronted by dingos, the shadows of Charlie and Louis are to the right in the ground level shot, yet the immediately following aerial shot shows the shadows pointing in the exactly opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Smith: Have you ever held a gun before, Charlie?
Louis Booker: Don't answer that!
Charlie Carbone: No...
Mr. Smith: Ever killed a man, Charlie?
Louis Booker: Don't answer that!
Charlie Carbone: No.
Mr. Smith: What do you do for a livin' that makes you so brave, Charlie?
Louis Booker: *Really* don't answer that!
Charlie Carbone: [cocks the gun] I'm a hairdresser!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Spread My Wings
Written by Rico Lumpkins, Gary White & Szhachilea Chunn
Performed by Shawn Desman
Courtesy of BMG Canada Inc.
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Not as bad as everybody says it is- it's about average
23 November 2005 | by patrick_dunneSee all my reviews

Let's get to the point. Kangaroo Jack is necessarily the worst film of all time, but neither is it the greatest. It's not even close. What it is though is fairly humorous, though usually silly.

The story is a bit good at parts, but far-fetched at others. Charlie and Louis were best friends ever since childhood, after one saved another from drowning. One of their fathers was a gangster or something, and the two are sent with a job to deliver the money to some other dude. The story isn't quite a bad one, and does take a little twist. (The twist is related to the job.) The main flaw in the story is that the movie is supposedly aimed at kids. Do you think kids will understand anything about mafia or anything like that?

Despite that, there are other moments not aimed at kids. One of the jokes includes Charlie grabbing on of the other character's chest. Another scene includes a homophobic joke. ("We're having an intimate, non-gay moment.) The film is a bit funny and entertaining, but the farting and homophobic jokes, along with the strange storyline makes it less than what it could have been, but I still enjoyed it more than other films such as The Cat in the Hat, Scary Movie and Dude, Where's My Car?

5/10

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