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He's back! Sporting a few more wrinkles and the same leather vest, Crocodile Dundee (Paul Hogan) returns to the screen thirteen years after his last adventure as Australia's topnotch croc hunter in Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles. But this time Mick Dundee is hunting cold-blooded beasts of a different breed in the middle of the concrete jungle.
The untimely death of a news reporter sends Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), Mick's common-law wife, scampering back to California to fill in at her father's Los Angeles newspaper office, with Mick and their 9-year-old son in tow. Within days, suspicions began to surface about the reporter's demise. While Sue digs in to uncover the story, Mick and Mikey (Serge Cockburn) are loose in Hollywood, bumping into Baywatch babes, learning to meditate from an unlikely teacher, and raising a stink on the L.A. freeway. But when Sue's leads point to a small time movie studio, it's Mick who goes undercover as a bit-part actor to find out what's really happening behind the scenes.
Like Crocodile Dundee I and II, the jokes in this film play on Mick being a fish out of water. His genuine Aussie nature is as foreign as the outback in the city where fake sets and make-believe characters are the name of the game. Though familiar to trendy Californians, Mick's introduction to drive-by muggings, coffee enemas and cross dressers is designed to garner laughs at the expense of the na0xEFve visitor.
Although the good-natured Mick is portrayed as a concerned parent and loving partner, the inclusion of profanities and violence throughout the film can overshadow these valuable and positive messages. Younger children, especially, may find the gun-toting thugs and intense scenes with an unhappy crocodile just a little bit too scary.
Parents may also take exception to the blatant product promotions that make this film feel like an extended commercial. (Is it just coincidence that every desk has an Apple computer and Mick drives a Subaru Outback?) Rather than taking a bite out of your wallet for movie tickets, you might want to just play out back with the kids.
Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles is rated PG: for language and brief violence
Cast: Paul Hogan
Studio: (pictures (c)2001 Paramount Pictures)