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Kangaroo Jack
Directed by David McNally
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by Steve Bing
Barry O' Brien
Scott Rosenberg
Starring Jerry O'Connell
Anthony Anderson
Estella Warren
Michael Shannon
Christopher Walken
Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Peter Menzies Jr.
Editing by John Murray
William Goldenberg
Studio Castle Rock Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) January 17, 2003
Running time 89 Minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget $60,000,000
Gross revenue $88,929,111 [1]
Followed by Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! (2004)
Kangaroo Jack 2 (2010)

Kangaroo Jack is a 2003 comedy film from Warner Bros., Castle Rock Entertainment, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken, Estella Warren and Adam Garcia. An animated children's sequel, titled Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!, was produced and released on video in 2004. The film was overwhelmingly panned by critics, earning 8% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and Jerry Bruckheimer has started working exclusively with Disney following the release of Bad Boys II six months later.

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Plot

The movie begins in the summer of 1982, where a boy named Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) is about to become the stepson of a mobster named Salvatore Maggio (Christopher Walken). On that same day, he meets his new best friend, Louis Booker (Anthony Anderson), who saves him from drowning, and the mobster's apprentice, a recently released ex-con Frankie Lombardo (Michael Shannon) who tried to drown Charlie.

Now 20 years later in 2002, Charlie has his own beauty salon. Yet, Sal's goons arrive every week and take at least 80% of the profits, barely letting Charlie keep enough money for future improvements. Louis is still Charlie's best friend. After they botch the job of hiding some stolen goods (resulting in some of Sal's men getting arrested), Sal gives Charlie and Louis one more chance. Under the instructions of Frankie, they have to deliver a package to Coober Pedy SA to a man named Mr. Smith. Frankie also tells them that if they should run into any trouble, they should call Mr. Smith at the cell phone number, that he gives them. Unbeknown to Charlie and Louis, Sal tells his Capo that he is "cancelling their return trip". Once on the plane, Louis peeks into the package, only to find $50,000.

On their way to Mr. Smith, Charlie and Louis inadvertently run over a red kangaroo, seemingly killing it. Louis feels interested and puts his "lucky jacket" on the kangaroo with Charlie's sunglasses; they think that the kangaroo looks like Jackie Legs. When they are taking the picture, the kangaroo then comes back to consciousness and hops away, with just one problem: The $50,000 was in the jacket. Charlie and Louis hop into the jeep and chase the kangaroo attempting to grab the money from the jacket on the kangaroo, but the ensuing chase ends with the duo running into a field of termite mounds and crashing into a pile of rocks. When they reach a nearby bar called the Old Alice Inn in Alice Springs, Louis calls Mr. Smith (Marton Csokas) and tells him about the situation. Mr. Smith maliciously tells Louis that they had better have his money when he comes after them or he'll kill them and feed them to the saltwater crocodiles.

Louis gets advice from a local animal sanctuary and is told by Jessie (Estella Warren) that the best way to catch the kangaroo is to shoot it with a Tranquillizer dart fired from the air. They enlist the help of an alcoholic bushplane pilot named Blue (Bill Hunter). Unfortunately, an unexpected jolt causes Louis to shoot Blue with the dart rather than the kangaroo, and the plane crashes. When Blue radios for help, his air traffic controller, Tansy (Denise Roberts), has been taken hostage by Mr. Smith's minions and, upon hearing the location of the aircraft, they destroy the radio, gag Tansy and head off in that direction.

Back in New York, Sal gets a call from Mr. Smith, saying that Charlie and Louis haven't arrived yet. Thus, Sal sends Frankie his minions to Australia to look into this. When Frankie and his minions arrive in Sydney, they're met by a man called Mr Jimmy who drives them into the desert.

Meanwhile, one of the attempts to reclaim the money strands Charlie and Louis in the desert. They finally get help from the woman Jessie to help them catch the kangaroo at the nearest valley.

Quite unexpectedly, they get attacked by Mr. Smith and his henchmen. Charlie and Louis outsmart them, only to find that Frankie and the men join in on the battle.

After getting the money back from the kangaroo, and after Charlie saves Louis from falling off a steep cliff, they learn from Frankie that Sal really sent them to Australia to pay for their own execution. All of a sudden, Mr Jimmy (who turns out to have been an undercover police officer) and the police come at the right moment and arrest Frankie, Mr. Smith, and their respective minions and Charlie reclaims Louis' lucky jacket from the kangaroo.

One year later, Charlie and Jessie are married and sell their new shampoo, Frankie and his men are put away in jail forever, Sal Maggio has failed at avoiding a life long prison sentence, and Louis is currently Charlie's advertising partner. As for the kangaroo (called Kangaroo Jack), he is still hopping around the outback.

Cast

  • Jerry O'Connell as Charlie Carbone: The main protagonist of the film.
  • Anthony Anderson as Louis Booker: The secondary protagonist.
  • Estella Warren as Jessie: She is Charlie's love interest.
  • Michael Shannon as Frankie Lombardo: The true antagonist of the film. he wants to shoot Charlie and Louis.
  • Christopher Walken as Salvatore "Sal" Maggio: The main antagonist of the film. He sents Charlie and Louis to deliver a package for Mr. Smith.
  • Dyan Cannon as Anna Carbone: She is Charlie's mother.
  • Marton Csokas as Mr. Smith: The secondary antagonist of the film. He wants the money and if Charlie and Louis don't get his money he'll kill them and feed them to the saltwater crocodiles.
  • Bill Hunter as Blue: A character who helps Charlie and Louis get the money.
  • Tony Nikolakopoulos as Sal's Capo: Sal's minion.
  • David Ngoombujarra as James "Mr. Jimmy" Inkamala: A tour guide who's actually a police officer.
  • Adam Garcia as Kangaroo "Jackie Legs" Jack (voice, uncredited): A kangaroo who steals the money.

Box office

The film was released on January 17, 2003 at #1 rank and grossed $16,580,209 in the opening weekend. It grossed $66,934,963 domestically and $21,994,148 foreign for a worldwide total of $88,929,111.[1]

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Louis: The kangaroo got the money!
Charlie: What are you talking about?
Louis: I put the money in the jacket, and the jacket on the kangaroo, and now he's hopping away!







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