Back from the Outback
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
Review by Ross Anthony

Crocodile Dundee in Los AngelesMick is back. Sue, Mick, and their son Mikey leave the Australian Outback to spend a few weeks in L.A. in order to help out Sue's father who's just lost a reporter. Though the plot thickens as Sue picks up a fishy story where the deceased reporter left off, the charm of the film is all Mick.

As with the first two films (1986 and 1988), Paul Hogan's smile and hunting knife endear anecdote after anecdote. This time our charismatic fish out of water has a tadpole, and the pond is L.A. instead of New York. So you can expect many a hunter's narrowed-eye at the fast-talking, networking, Hollywood-paced lifestyles.

For instance, when an actor/writer limo driver passes Mick his 8x10 glossy, Mick hands him a photo of himself and son fishing in the Outback. These cute minuets entertain, while Sue and Mick follow up on the shady production company subplot. Though needed for climax, this TV-esque reporter/investigation serves mainly as a host on which to drape Mick's colorful little episodes.

Despite a rather unevenly told tale (a whole cowboy bar scene seems lacerated from the picture), bent arc toward resolution, and a few flat gags; "Crocodile Dundee" still charms. It's a fun, very light comedy.

  • Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Copyright © 2001. Rated PG.
  • Starring Paul Hogan, Linda Lozlowski, Jere Burns, Jonathan Banks, Alec Wilson, Gerry Skilton, Steve Rackman, Serge Cockburn, Paul Rodriguez, Aida Turturro, Kaitlin Hopkins.
  • Directed by Simon Wincer.
  • Written by Matthew Berry & Eric Abrams.
  • Produced by Lance Hool, Paul Hogan at Bangalow/Paramount.

Grade.......................... A-

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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