Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
Dundee is a Fish out of L.A. Water
When I say "Crocodile Dundee" what comes to mind? I would guess Paul Hogan as Mick, battling things in his innocent ways and getting himself in and out of trouble. The chances are you don't remember the storylines to the movies with the exception of maybe the first one as that gave us the romance of Mick and Sue and some iconic scenes. With that in mind I get to "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" an unexpected third movie which came 13 years after "Crocodile Dundee II" and one which to be honest delivers nothing more than you expect with lots of comedy built around Mick, his simplistic ideals and being a fish out of water. It doesn't have much of a storyline and often recreates what we have seen before but to be honest it delivers what you want which is Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee saying it how it is.
Mick (Paul Hogan) and Sue (Linda Kozlowski) have settled down in Walk About Creek with their son Mikey (Serge Cockburn) where Mick still has regular run ins with crocodiles. But when Sue's dad calls and asks her to go to L.A. to run the newspaper for a few weeks Mick agrees and thinks it will be good for the three of them to see what L.A. has to offer. Whilst Sue finds herself investigating a movie production company Mick gets him and Mikey in and out of various troubles.
So as was the case with the previous movies the key to "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" is not the story but the various antics of Mick Dundee. Now there is nothing wrong with that but the storyline is so weak that most of the movie is purely about Mick being a fish out of water in L.A. and the storyline which is about a dodgy production company only comes to the fore during the final 15 minutes. It is why technically "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" is not good because in the end it becomes a movie of set pieces and fish out of water gags.
But whilst technically it's not good "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" still makes you smile because Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee is a lot of fun. It may get a bit tiring after the first hour of set piece gags and it often relies on recreating scenes we have already seen such as another mugging scene but who can't laugh when Mick puts a knife through an animatronic snake on the Paramount Picture tour or when his friend Jacko comes over to help look after Mikey. In fact whilst this third movie sees Linda Kozlowski return alongside Paul as well as introducing some other characters this is more than ever a movie about Paul Hogan as Mick.
What this all boils down to is that "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" is not a great movie, it is barely average but if you enjoy Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee then it will make you smile because it is pretty much 90+ minutes of Hogan playing Dundee as a fish out of water again.
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