Kangaroo Jack

Kangaroo Jack
Kangaroo Jack
  • PG
  • 1h 29m
  • 2003
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When New Yorkers Charlie and Louis run afoul of the mob, they get one last chance to avoid sleeping with the fishes. All they have to do deliver $50,000 in cash to Australia. Simple...But speeding down a dusty road in the Aussie wilderness, the pair's jeep hits a kangaroo. Thinking the seemingly lifeless animal looks like a friend back home, Louis puts his lucky red jacket on the kangaroo to snap a photo. But the kangaroo bounces away--with the $50,000 in the jacket--and the New Yorkers begin a madcap chase across the Outback to catch the kangaroo, get the money and save their lives.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The humor is gratingly dumb, and Kangaroo Jack contains too much violence and sexual innuendo for a family movie.
Chicago Reader
Bill Stamets

Likable but negligible.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Parents beware: this film is too crude, violent and offensive for younger viewers.

June 21, 2017
Neil Smith

It's a thin, tedious caper only notable for its impressive Outback locations and a cameo from Chri...

June 21, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

A competent and workmanlike action-adventure romp for kids, briefly enlivened by a funny cameo fro...

June 17, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Alexa Moses

Luckily, Australians can't take offence at the lame Aussie "you'd be a banger short of a barbie" s...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
A very bad movie -- shouldn't have been PG.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the DVD cover suggests that a funny kangaroo is a large part of the movie, but it's a brief highlight that appears only in a fantasy sequence. The movie has a great deal of material parents might consider inappropriate for children, including peril, violence and gunplay, a stepfather who orders his stepson killed, drinking to excess seen as impressive, drinking portrayed as a way to cope with problems, violence, potty humor, and a co-ed swim in underwear that leads to kissing. There's a sexist joke and the black character is portrayed in "sidekick" terms with no interest in having any kind of independent life or relationships. The "happy" ending is somewhat sour as the only character who had been doing something to contribute to improving the world appears to have abandoned that completely for a life of hedonistic pleasure.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:January 17, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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