Two friends are sent to Australia to deliver $50,000 in mob money,
but are sidetracked when they lose the money to a wild kangaroo.
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
Directed by David McNally
Written by Steve Bing and Scott Rosenberg
Starring Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon, Christopher Walken, Marton Csokas, Bill Hunter
I don't care what anyone says. I happen to like Kangaroo Jack for what it is; a stupid, ridiculous, not-to-be-taken-seriously comedy with a cast of D-list actors (and Christopher Walken for some reason). I understand all the hate, as it is well-deserved, but Kangaroo Jack is one of those bad movies that I can't help but enjoy because I grew up with it, just like Wild Wild West and Scooby-Doo. Besides, where's the harm? It's got its moments. Granted, they're not many, but they do exist.
I think Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson had really good chemistry and together, they make this film watchable. I also think Christopher Walken is criminally underused as mob boss Sal Maggio, and it's strange to see a future star like Michael Shannon play the bad guy in a film that was trying so hard to preserve its PG rating, despite the fact that it involves two men being sent to Australia to pay for their own execution. It's some dark subject matter for a film that was billed as a kids movie with a talking kangaroo, which it totally isn't.
Speaking of the talking kangaroo, I feel like this film would have been a smidge better had they not made it seem like the movie revolved around him. He talks one time in a brief dream sequence and apart from that, he's just a normal kangaroo. It's goofiness like this that sabotaged the film and pushed it into the discount bin at the local Wal-Mart. Still, if you're looking to waste an hour and a half, you could certainly do worse.