Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (also known as Crocodile Dundee III) is a 2001 action comedy film directed by Simon Wincer and starring Paul Hogan. It is the sequel to Crocodile Dundee II (1988) and the third and final film of the Crocodile Dundee series. Hogan and Linda Kozlowski reprise their roles as Michael "Crocodile" Dundee and Sue Charlton, respectively. The film was shot on location in Los Angeles and in Queensland. Actor Paul Hogan reported that the inspiration for the storyline came during a tour of Litomyšl, Czech Republic in 1993.

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySimon Wincer
Produced byPaul Hogan
Lance Hool
Written byEric Abrams
Matthew Berry
Based onCharacters
by Paul Hogan
Starring
Music byBasil Poledouris
CinematographyDavid Burr
Edited byTerry Blythe
Production
company
Silver Lion Films
Distributed byParamount Pictures (United States)
Universal Pictures (International)
Release date
  • 12 April 2001 (2001-04-12) (Australia)
  • 18 April 2001 (2001-04-18) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Australia
LanguageEnglish
Box office$39.4 million[1]

PlotEdit

Michael "Crocodile" Dundee (Paul Hogan) is living in the Australian outback with Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) and their young son Mikey (Serge Cockburn). Crocodile hunting has been made illegal, and Mick is reduced to wrestling crocodiles for the entertainment of tourists. He has a rival in the business, another outback survivalist named Jacko (Alec Wilson). When an opportunity arises for Sue to become the Los Angeles bureau chief of a newspaper owned by her father, Mick and his family cross the Pacific to California.

In the United States, both Mick and his son have encounters with the locals, causing cross-cultural mishaps. Mick becomes an undercover amateur sleuth, helping to probe the mysterious death of his wife's predecessor at the newspaper, while Mikey attends a local school, where he quickly impresses his classmates and teacher with his outback survival skills. Because the case takes up so much of their time, Mick and Sue eventually call in Jacko to babysit their son; immediately, Jacko and Mikey's teacher become interested in each other.

It is revealed that the dead reporter had been investigating a film studio, which is about to make a sequel to the action film Lethal Agent, despite the title's commercial failure. Mick becomes suspicious when several paintings from Southern Europe are brought onto the set; although at first he suspects drug smuggling, the pictures themselves are revealed to be missing art from a museum in former Yugoslavia, thought lost in the recent civil wars. They are to appear in the film as mere props, to be publicly 'destroyed' in a scene in which they are set on fire, at which point they will have been exchanged for copies.

Attempting to secure one of the paintings as evidence, Mick, Sue, and Jacko run afoul of the studio director and his thugs. Using the studio's props and three lions used in filming to defeat the gangsters, Mick and Sue solve the case and return to Australia, where they are officially married.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 11% based on reviews from 80 critics. The site's consensus reads: "A sequel as unnecessary as it is belated, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles lacks virtually all of the easygoing humor and charm that delighted fans of the original."[2] On Metacritic the film has a score of 37% based on reviews from 33 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews.[3]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2 out of 4 and wrote: "It may not be brilliant, but who would you rather your kids took as a role model: Crocodile Dundee, David Spade or Tom Green?"[4]Variety called it "Amiable rather than genuinely funny."[5]

The film was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Remake or Sequel but lost to Planet of the Apes.[6]

Box officeEdit

The film grossed $7,759,103 at the box office in Australia.[7] The film debuted in 4th place at the US box office behind Bridget Jones's Diary (which was #1 in its second weekend), Spy Kids and Along Came a Spider.[8] It grossed $39 million worldwide, below the total gross of the previous two films. In a 2017 interview, comedian and actor Tom Green stated that the box office receipts for his film Freddy Got Fingered did not reflect the actual attendance, as he thinks that movie goers under the age of seventeen bought tickets to Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles and snuck into the theater showing his film.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (20 April 2001). "Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles movie review (2001)". Chicago Sun-Times.
  5. ^ Stratton, David (11 April 2001). "Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles". Variety.
  6. ^ "The Official Razzies Forum - 2001 Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  7. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Bridget Carries a Slow Weekend". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  9. ^ Marchese, David. "Tom Green Has a Good Freddy Got Fingered Conspiracy Theory". Vulture. Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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