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Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

The best thing about the previous two Crocodile Dundee films is Paul Hogan.  He's a nice guy who's confident enough to make fun of himself and still be utterly charming.

Hogan as Mick Dundee (looking as if he hasn't aged a day since the 1986 original, or its 1988 sequel) lives in the Australian Outback with his nine year old son Mikey and girlfriend Sue, again played by Linda Koslowski.

Mick works in, as he likes to say, the "tourist business."  Instead of killing crocodiles, he now wrestles them as busloads of passing tourists stop to take pictures.

Mick has become quite domesticated, picking up his son at school, or cleaning up in the kitchen, between running a safari company with his strapping, crocodile hunting friend.  Just when Mick begins to think he's getting a little too old for his lifestyle, he gets a chance to take a break from the wild.

Sue takes a temporary job in Los Angeles for her father's newspaper and Mick and Mikey relocate to the big city with her.  As a fish-out-of-water, this move puts Mick in some of the same situations as the original film.  The gags, although updated slightly, are recycled; he unknowingly goes into a gay bar, gets mugged while walking down the street and there's even a bathtub scene.

On assignment, Sue begins an investigation of a suspicious film company, and Mick takes a job as a movie extra so he can check things out from the inside.  The pace picks up a bit once Mick starts to uncover some shaky goings-on at the studio.

Hogan is a very likable presence, but the script (co-written by Hogan) falls a bit short.  Although there are no big laughs, it is a good family film that brings giggles to everyone.

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

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