Kangaroo chokes on
Jawbreaker, film just chokes
Starring: Anthony Anderson, Marton Csokas, Jerry O'Connell, Christopher
Directed by: David McNally
By Rana Issa
"He stole the money... and he's not giving it back" sums up
the entire film, but before the plot focuses on a kangaroo, it jumps back
At 10-years-old, Louis Booker (Anthony Anderson) saves Charlie Carbone
(Jerry O'Connell) from drowning, and subsequently becomes his best friend
a friend that gets Charlie involved in some illegal activity that
Working under mob boss Sal Maggio (Christopher Walken), Charlie and Louis
are faced with the task of travelling to Sydney, Australia to deliver
$50,000 to a man known only as Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas).
The fun begins when Charlie accidentally runs over a kangaroo, but instead
of merely driving away, he and Louis then decide to pose for pictures
alongside the supposedly dead kangaroo. Louis dresses the kangaroo in
the jacket containing the $50,000; then, to Louis' and Charlie's surprise,
the dead kangaroo comes to life and hops away with the money.
What are Charlie and Louis to do? The only reasonable thing a person in
their position would do: they chase the remarkably smart and agile kangaroo
with their Jeep, but end up crashing the vehicle. They get their hands
on an airplane, but, alas, crash that too. They seek out the assistance
of Jessie (Estella Warren) to catch the kangaroo, but their plans are
ruined when Mr. Smith comes looking for his money.
Kangaroo Jack is a film geared at a young audience that would
be amused by seeing a kangaroo rap, dance and choke on a very hot jawbreaker
but even that gets old after a while.
The acting is nothing short of a high school play in which all the understudies
were forced to perform at the last minute. Jerry O'Connell's acting job
in this film can be summed up in two words: absolute crap.
One of the hardest things to do in a film is to make the audience laugh,
and Anthony Anderson's performance falls short of even a smirk. Christopher
Walken is hardly in the film, which is a shame, as he is the only character
with any acting capability or real depth.
Kangaroo Jack is clearly a movie for children, but to all those
curious people who are dying to know if Charlie and Louis make it out
of the outback alive, Kangaroo Jack holds the answers.