Film / Kangaroo Jack

Kangaroo Jack (2003) is a buddy-action/comedy movie, disguised as a talking-kangaroo comedy aimed at kids, from Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas and Adam Garcia as the voice of Kangaroo Jack.

Charlie Carbone (O'Connell) wants to make his stepfather (Walken) happy. He has his own beauty salon, and he does well, but certain complications keep him from turning more than a bare profit—complications like mob payments. Oh, and by the way, this local mob is controlled by Salvatore "Sal" Maggio. Who happens to be Charlie's stepdad. So, obviously, Charlie wants to make his stepdad happy, because when Sal is unhappy, people tend to disappear.

After Charlie and his best friend Louis Booker (Anderson) botch their first job delivering stolen televisions (bringing the police down on Maggio's people), Sal's apprentice Frankie (Shannon) decides to give them one more chance to redeem themselves, by delivering $50,000 to a Mr. Smith (Csokas) in Australia, and if they have any trouble, just call Mr. Smith and he will take care of everything. Too bad Sal has given Smith special instructions to "take care of" Charlie and Louis. And things go from bad to worse when a kangaroo runs off with the money they are supposed to deliver...

The film was panned by critics, but it became a modest hit at the box-office (grossing over USD 150 million worldwide). An animated children's sequel, titled Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!, was produced and released on video in 2004.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Beachcombing: What Louis is doing when Charlie meets him.
  • Big Bad: Sal
  • Bi the Way: Louis is a subtle example of this.
  • Black Best Friend: Louis
  • Boxing Kangaroo: Marsupial pwnage ensues.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Several, including Charlie's hairdressing scissors and Louis' Jawbreakers.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The crazy old lady in the animated sequel.
  • Cool Shades: Jack's wayfarer-like shades.
  • Death Glare: Sal gives Louis a very effective one after the latter says something stupid.
  • Disney Death: Kangaroo Jack. This proves unfortunate when he runs away after Louis gives him his lucky jacket.
  • Deus ex Machina: Type 2, when Mr. Jimmy is revealed to be a undercover cop and saves them in a helicopter out of nowhere.
  • The Dragon: Frankie
  • Four Is Death: Guess the fate of the bush plane Flying Dingo IV. Go on, guess.
  • Fridge Brilliance:invoked Addressed by Charlie, who tells Louis that if he never put the money in his jacket, and put the jacket on the kangaroo, they would have delivered the money to Smith right away, and he would've killed them.
  • Gunship Rescue: Courtesy of Mr. Jimmy.
  • Happily Married: Jackie and his mate in the animated sequel. The movie's only emotional stake is how much he adores her and their joey and longs to get back to them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Eventually lampshaded with Charlie and Louis.
  • Impeded Messenger: The whole plot, which turns out to be fortunate for our intrepid heroes.
  • Innocent Innuendo: We see some guys looking at an envelope full of money in an airplane toilet, and cut to outside the toilet where we hear them saying something about scooping up brown and green stuff. Ewwwww...
    • And then there's Charlie asking Louis to reach into his pants. For his hairdressing scissors.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: Most of the Australian animal action is done by Kangaroo Jack.
  • Land Down Under: To a ridiculous extent. All there is in Australia is desert, according to this film. And everyone is drunk, all the time.
  • Leitmotif: The kangaroo has a brief, Dr. Dre-esque hip-hop tune that plays whenever he appears. Yes it's bouncy, why do you ask?
  • Lifesaving Misfortune: Charlie spells it out at the end. Had they not lost the money to the 'roo but instead delivered it to Mr. Smith, he would've killed them as they were unknowingly paying him to do.
  • Man Child: Louis pretty much hasn't matured a day since he saved Charlie's life at 8 years old.
  • Man Hug
    Louis: Not now. We're having a very intimate, non-gay moment.
  • The Millstone: Louis causes pretty much everything bad that happens.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Louis gets onto the plane's bathroom while Charlie is in just to show him the cash. Unfortunately the dialogue makes the stewardess believe they are doing other things. More embarrassing is that once they get out the girl he tried to woo minutes earlier sees them.
  • Mr. Smith:
    Louis: You know, this mysterious Mr. Smith we're going to meet...I don't think that's his real name.
    Charlie: Nothing escapes you, Louis.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Estella Warren as Jessie.
  • Moment Killer: Louis.
  • My Greatest Failure: Charlie wished he said something to his mother about marrying Sal Maggio.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: This movie is not about a wise-cracking, talking kangaroo, and it is more surrealistic than actually kid-friendly despite the PG rating. He does talk in the animated sequel, thanks to a magic spell.
    • Word Of God has it that this movie was intended to be an straightforward adult comedy, with the kangaroo's appearance being limited, however, test audiences were only interested in the kangaroo, so most kangaroo scenes were made and weaved into the movie, then passed off as a kid's comedy about the kangaroo.
  • Noodle Incident: "How was I supposed to know those Greyhounds were being used to smuggle diamonds?"
  • Oh Crap!: Louis gets a big one when he accidentally shoots Blue with the tranquilizer gun while he's flying the plane.
  • One Phone Call: In the animated sequel, Louis and Charlie got arrested. Louis used his phone call to call Charlie.
  • Please Shoot the Messenger: After receiving the payment they're delivering.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Jessie in the animated sequel.
  • Serkis Folk: The kangaroo.
  • Short-Distance Phone Call
  • Spanner in the Works: Ol Jack himself with some help from Lois If Jack hadn't revived when he did, it wouldn't have lead to the goose chase and would've lead to Charlie and Louis death since the money was meant to payment for a hit on the two. What's more, Charlie realizes his self-worth through the whole experience and finally stands up to Sal which results in Sal's arrest at the end of the film.
  • Standard Snippet: Naturally, Men at Work's "Down Under" is featured.
  • íThree Amigos!: Charlie, Louise, and Jessie. Especially in the animated sequel.
  • Tranquillizer Dart: Discussed when the protagonists accidentally shoot a dart to their airplane pilot while they are airborne; the pilot experiences the effects in stages as noted by one of them.
    Blue: Assume crash positions!
    Louis: Blue... We already crashed.
  • Uncle Tom Foolery: Louis
  • You Have Failed Me: The reason Charlie and Louis were given the job to deliver the money.