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KANGAROO JACK

"The movie, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by David McNally (who did 'Coyote Ugly' for Mr. Bruckheimer a few years ago), wants to have it both ways: to be mean and bratty while retaining a wholesome veneer...It was perhaps inevitable that Mr. Bruckheimer, having brought his dumbed-down, reductive approach to such entertainment genres as the war movie ('Pearl Harbor' and 'Black Hawk Down') and the racial-uplift melodrama ('Remember the Titans'), would now turn his attention to the juvenile market." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A dumb, by-the-numbers children's movie that may be the first to pass off Sydney, Australia, as Bensonhurst, Brooklyn...This is barely enough story (credited to three writers, including Liz Hurley's notorious ex, Steve Bing) to sustain a Three Stooges short, let alone an 88-minute movie. It's padded out with jokes about camel farts and an airplane restroom scene with the two leads that's frighteningly similar to one in 'Just Married.'" -- Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

"Australia buffs may enjoy the scenery, but Hollywood is so xenophobic these days that nearly all the characters are American, and you can see more authentic-looking wildlife on 'Animal Planet' any time you want. Hop away from this one fast!" -- David Sterritt, The Christian Science Monitor

"...88 minutes of desperate gyrations intended to simulate humor...As the two stars make like a wax museum Abbott and Costello, they go up against a series of typical Outback challenges in pursuit of their kangaroo: sandstorms, marauding ants, flatulent camels and a voluptuous park service worker...Reviving a dubious tradition of Hollywood mixed-race comedy teams of yore, the white guy gets the girl while the black guy is condemned to mug from here to eternity. From the evidence here, however, it is doubtful whether O'Connell or Anderson will fill either role for much longer." --Jan Stuart, Newsday

"The plot is predictable, the jokes lame and only the anthropomorphized kangaroo (who is sometimes computer-generated), whether rapping or nibbling on licorice, amuses. Kids, of course, will love every dumb minute, but then they always do." -- Leah Rozen, People