Awful doesn't come close to describing this film. Tired, out of date, xenophobic, ponderous, lifeless, desperate act of a has-been-one-trick-pony-no-talent gets closer.It's a shame about how Hogan has been on the defensive ever since the success of the Crocodile Dundee films. The first film was fun and he was even better at the 1987 Oscars (when the original was up for a best screenplay award).
Since then a run a flat films and rumours of cosmetic surgery has caused Hogan to retreat into a bunker. Then there were those fateful words that Croc Dundee would never see the light of cinema ever again. So naturally enough here it is.
I did want to like this film. I'm not a tall poppy cutter. I'm glad that Hogan had such a huge success. The biggest independent success from an Australian - Excellent!
I was hoping that something good would come out of this film. I was to be disappointed.
Sue (Kozlowski) picks up a temp job as an editor of a newspaper in Los Angeles after the original editor goes missing. She packs up husband Mick (Hogan), and son Mikie (Cockburn) to the sick sad world of Los Angeles. As Sue investigates the story that her predecessor was working on, she begins to uncover a scam that Mick eventually gets mixed up in.
This film feels like a 2nd rate 80s action comedy - except only worse. It has a very dated feel to it. It's unnecessarily laborious, the action is light and the laughs are few and far between.
It's tragic to see attempted punch lines delivered with all the comedic aplomb of a plane crash. Which is telling since the careers of the minds behind this film risk going down in a similar manner.
The acting is flat, especially Hogan who is atrocious. Dundee's son doesn't seem add much and you wonder why he's there is the first place.
The Balkan crisis has 700 years of history behind it that needs to be studied if we are going to even begin to understand the complex and deep seated motivations and actions of the Serbian and other peoples in the region. So what does Crocodile Dundee in LA do to help along this understanding?
They include a cartoon bad guy who's Serbian complete with silly eastern European accent!
Man is that funny!?
No, it's not. It's bordering on offensive to me and will be damn offensive for anyone with ties to the region.
And what was Mike Tyson doing there? For the lame, naïve punch line? That's hardly enough.
While it's useful to have a film hold up a mirror to America and look at itself, nowadays it's films like Traffic that do that job. Crocodile Dundee in LA is nowhere in that league.
But none of that really matters - What's worst is that it even falls short on its own terms. Hogan just wanted a fun film. It just wanted to be a funny and entertaining time in the cinema, but many an attempt of a funny line or situation falls short and the plot is barely there. The film lacks the zest and charm it so desperately needs and depends on.It is telling that Dundee mistakenly calls himself a person of the 20th Century since that's where he and this film belongs. It's a shame to see this film falter so disappointingly. Not only are there better films, there are other simple zero-thought funny films about that out run this film without even trying.