- Pamplin Media
- Central Oregonian - Features
Entering the theater, I was optimistic.
Sure, it's been 13 years since we last met up with Mick Dundee and his crazy crocodile antics, but with the values of the first two installments, I was hoping "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles," would have brought us a new, refreshing take on the series.
I was wrong.
This is not a terrible film, but it's the same stuff we've seen before. There is even another knife joke.
This time, Mick carries a so-called pocket knife, although to me, it looked more like the size of a two-liter bottle.
As the film opens, Mick (Paul Hogan) lives with long-time girlfriend Sue Charleton (Linda Kozlowski). They have a son named Mikey (Serge Cockburn), who hasn't yet decided whether he aspires to be a crocodile hunter like his father or a big shot in the newspaper business like his mother.
The scenes in the beginning of the film are the best ones. The opening sequence where Mick is almost swallowed whole by a crocodile and the scene where he tames a wild boar just by holding out his hand are quite amusing.
The rest of the film is where it begins to go down hill.
The happy family moves from Australia to California once a job opens up for Sue at the newspaper her father owns. Once in Los Angeles, Sue quickly moves up in the business, while Mick, although out of his element, uses his sharp instincts to unravel a thief operation.
There isn't much more to this film. The plot is thin and uninteresting. I found myself waiting for the action and wit held by the first "Crocodile Dundee," but it never came.
If anything, the film would be a good start for the young people who never grew up on the first two. Even though it's not as good, I'm sure the younger viewers will still smile. But if you do make the trip, go to a matinee. Any other price isn't worth it.