Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
Release Date: April 20th, 2001 MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Simon Wincer Actors: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Jere Burns, Jonathan Banks, Alec Wilson, Gerry Skilton, Steve Rackman, Serge Cockburn, Aida Turturro, Paul Rodriguez, Kaitlin Hopkins
n Walkabout Creek (with a population of 20), Mick Dundee (Paul Hogan) and Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) run a tour company. Little has changed, with Mick still galavanting around the Bush, engaging in misadventures and hunting crocs. Just as he’s hoping to catch a real big fella (a monster of a creature, attacking his boat like something out of “Jaws”), curious onlookers spy him in a compromising position atop a tree branch, out of reach of the beast’s clutches. For the sake of show-business success, Mick has become a bona fide tourist attraction.
Dundee does have a new type of responsibility, however, in the form of his young son Mikey (Serge Cockburn). And though it seems that the boy is fine in Australia, Mick encourages all three of them to temporarily move to Los Angeles, where Sue’s father owns the paper Newsday. It should be good for the child to experience different cultures, especially as he may one day have to decide whether to take over the multi-million-dollar family company or become a lowly assistant crocodile wrangler.
Since the first picture began in Australia before shifting to New York, and the second film started in New York before having the characters journey back to Australia, this final chapter finds the setting opening with the Outback before the script comes up with an uninspired way to transition to California. As expected, once there, Dundee and son get in trouble and cause all sorts of mayhem, as they have no idea how to conduct themselves in a foreign country – even though common sense should dictate 99% of their actions. The comic moments derived from this routine feel immoderately strained, considering how unnaturally naive Mick must behave in order to make this gimmick seem reasonable. Advanced technology and Hollywood fads similarly provide items for flavorless spoofs.
Also, following in the footsteps of the previous entry, “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” contains almost no story. Virtually random events allow for the fish-out-of-water lead to stumble into humorous scenarios that have zero lasting power. Here, a very sloppy concept (a subplot that actually serves as the main premise) of a drugs ‘n’ guns scam involving Silvergate Pictures and their “Lethal Agent” movie trilogy lingers around without much gravity or significance, except for furnishing a few antagonists for some blithesome brawls – including International Vice President Milos Drubnik (Jonathan Banks) and producer Arnan Rothman (Jere Burns) as the primary villains. A mystery arises and some sleuthing is done, but it’s slow and meandering and mostly just gets in the way of Dundee chumming around with Australian pal Jacko (Alec Wilson). But perhaps even more disappointing than the anticipated lack of an engaging story is the score by composer Basil Poledouris (normally a dependable maestro), which retains none of the original theme music that helped make the first film so much fun.
– Mike Massie