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Film: Kangaroo Jack

Kangaroo Jack (2003) is a buddy-action 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...

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:

  • Big Bad: Sal
  • Bi the Way: Louis is a subtle example of this.
  • Black Best Friend: Louis
  • Boxing Kangaroo: Marsupial pwnage ensues.
  • Chekov's Gun: Several, including Charlie's hairdressing scissors and Louis' Jawbreakers.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The crazy old lady in the animated sequel.
  • 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
  • Edited for Syndication: On cable airings on this movie, after the hallucination scene, Jessie's hilariously perfect, straight, deadpan delivery of telling Charlie the medicine she gave him will, "Unfortunately also make your testicles fall off" is dubbed with a much less effective and enthusiastic, "Unfortunately, it'll also make your private parts fall off!"
  • Fake Nationality: Canadian model Estelle Warren as an American woman who moved to Australia for a semester abroad and decided to not return to the States.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Man Hug
    Louis: Not now. We're having a very intimate, non-gay moment.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Estella Warren as Jessie.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Christopher Walken as Sal Maggio.
  • 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 not 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 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
  • Old Shame: Michael Shannon wished he'd never be in this movie as he finds the rapping kangaroo "very disconcerting".
  • 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
  • Standard Snippet: Naturally, Men At Work's "Land 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.

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alternative title(s): Kangaroo Jack
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