REVIEW: KANGAROO JACK

CAST

Jerry O’ Connell (Sliders)
Anthony Anderson (Transformers)
Estella Warren (Driven)
Christopher Walken (The Prophecy)
Dyan Cannon (Allie & Me)
Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly)
Michael Shannon (Man of Steel)
Marton Csoaks (XXX)
Bill Hunter (The Pacific)

In 1982 New York, a boy named Charlie Carbone (Robert Reid) is about to become the stepson of a mobster named Salvatore Maggio (Christopher Walken). On that same day, he meets his new best friend Louis Booker (Shawn Smith), who saves him from drowning after the mobster’s apprentice, Frankie Lombardo (Brian Casey), who was recently released from juvenile hall, tried to drown Charlie. Twenty years later, in 2002, Charlie (Jerry O’Connell) is a boy next door who has his own beauty salon, and Louis (Anthony Anderson) is still his best friend, but Sal’s henchmen take a majority of the profit leaving Charlie very little for improvements. After they botch the job of hiding some stolen goods, resulting in some of Sal’s men getting arrested, Sal gives Charlie and Louis one more chance. Under instructions from Frankie (Michael Shannon), they have to deliver a package to Australia to a man named Mr. Smith. Frankie also tells them that should they run into trouble, they should call Mr. Smith at the phone number he gives them. Unknown to Charlie and Louis, Sal tells his Capo that he is “cancelling their return trip.”Once on the plane Louis opens the package, to find $50,000 in cash.
Upon landing they rent a car. On their way to Mr. Smith, they accidentally run over a kangaroo. Thinking it’s dead, Louis puts his “lucky jacket” on the kangaroo and with Charlie’s sunglasses for a joke, as they think the kangaroo looks like Jackie Legs, one of Sal’s henchmen. The kangaroo then regains consciousness and hops away with one problem; the $50,000 was in the jacket. Charlie and Louis get into the rented LandCruiser and try to grab the money from the jacket on the kangaroo, but the ensuing chase ends with the duo running into a field of termite mounds and crashing into a pile of rocks. At a nearby pub, Louis manages to call Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas) and tell him about their situation. Mr. Smith tells Louis that they had better have his money when he meets them. He plans to find them himself.Back in New York City, Salvatore gets a call from Mr. Smith saying that Charlie and Louis haven’t arrived yet. Salvatore sends Frankie and some men to Australia to investigate.
Meanwhile, one of the attempts to reclaim the money strands Charlie and Louis in the desert. They meet and get help from a woman named Jessie (Estella Warren). They then track the kangaroo at a nearby valleyMr. Smith and his henchmen arrive soon after and capture the trio. Charlie and Louis outsmart them, only to find Frankie has tracked them and is prepared to kill them.
After getting the money back from the kangaroo, they learn from Frankie that Sal really sent them to Australia to pay for their own execution. Out of nowhere, police arrive and arrest Frankie, Mr. Smith and their henchmen and Charlie reclaims Louis’s lucky jacket from the kangaroo. One year later, in 2003, Charlie and Jessie are married and sell their new shampoo, having used the payoff money to start up a line of hair care products. Frankie and his men have been imprisoned for life, which Sal has failed at avoiding. Louis is Charlie’s advertising partner. As for the kangaroo (called “Kangaroo Jack”), he is still happily hopping around the outback.This has been slammed in the States but if you want a family comedy then this is it.
A must for anyone who likes zany situation comedies!!!

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