Crocodile Dundee

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Iconic outback comedy has strong language, drinking, drugs.
  • PG-13
  • 1986
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

You don't have to be sophisticated to be smart. Sometimes instincts and innate fairness serve one better than a lifetime of experience in the Big City. Wealth and luxury aren't necessary to happiness. Aboriginal culture is featured positively, but Australians are otherwise depicted stereotypically.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mick Dundee is a resourceful outback guide who can survive in the wilds of Australia and New York City. He is helpful, fair, and friendly to a fault, chivalrous in his defense of prostitutes he believes are simply hanging around the street corner, and fearless and undaunted in the face of danger. He likes to tell a tall tale (he calls the story that a crocodile bit off his leg a slight exaggeration) but only in the service of amusing his audience. He enjoys throwing a punch, but only if provoked, and throwing back a pint or two, but he is never visibly drunk. He smokes cigarettes.


Many punches are thrown at a pub brawl against a pimp and his thugs. Kangaroo hunters use guns, as does Dundee to defend the animals. Dundee head-butts a man, saves Sue from the jaws of a croodile, and sports his large knife on several occasions.


Sue wears revealing outfits sans bra, including a thong bathing suit. Two prostitutes tell Croc they'd "give him one for free." Dundee spends most of the film shirtless, in one scene in the bath (no nudity is shown). Sue and Dundee kiss and embrace. Dundee checks between two androgynous people's legs.


Several uses of the words "s--t" and "Jesus," as well as "ass" and one "f--k." A transvestite is referred to as a "fag."


New York tourist sites: Times Square, the Plaza, Newsday newspaper. This is part of the Crocodile Dundee series of movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A partygoer snorts cocaine, which Dundee thinks is a cold remedy. Dundee drinks a LOT, mostly beer. In several scenes, characters drink socially at bars or parties (beer or cocktails). Many people smoke cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crocodile Dundee is an '80s comedy that features violence and substance use, including one instance of cocaine use. There's near-constant drinking and cigarette smoking and several fight scenes. The language ("s--t" and one "f--k") and sexuality (Sue wears revealing outfits sans bra, including a thong bathing suit; there are prostitutes) are on par with most PG-13 films. Still, the humor of the "fish out of water" genre conveys some positive themes about Australian and Aboriginal culture, being in tune with nature, and being kind.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKellyLow August 10, 2020

Good old fashioned film, not for young kids!

Inappropriate dealing with issues such as transgender people. Mick Dundee grabs hold of a trans woman's private area and denounces her as a man in public,... Continue reading
Adult Written byproudParentOf2 March 25, 2020

Knee Slapper Full Of Jokes!

Great flick for the family on a rainy day. Highly reccomend. I have a 6 year old and a 14 year old and they thought it was dandy. Great watch.
Teen, 13 years old Written byRichGirl1245 April 27, 2020

Why was the ending like that?

why was there a cliffhanger? Shouldn't there have been some sort of resolution?
Kid, 12 years old September 11, 2018

Overall Decent Movie, Good Ending

This is definitely a movie I recommend watching, for it has a great ending, an enjoyable storyline and Crocodile Dundee is a pretty funny character to watch as... Continue reading

What's the story?

This iconic 1980s adventure-comedy centers on Mick "Crocodile" Dundee (Paul Hogan), a rugged, hard-nosed Aussie outbacker who can fend off a killer croc and a few hours later throw down a keg's worth of beer at the local pub. Dundee's life-saving machismo impresses traveling New York reporter Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski). After Dundee saves her from a crocodile's jaws, she invites him to return to Manhattan with her to see if the big, bad city is any less dangerous than the bush. Once in New York, the fish-out-of-water gags begin, such as Mick saying, "G'day, mate," to total strangers, thinking a guy snorting cocaine is trying to cure a stuffy nose, washing clothes in his room at the Plaza, hitting on a transvestite, defending two streetwalkers' honor, and nonchalantly telling a mugger, "That's not a knife," pulling out his own knife, and proclaiming, "Now THAT's a knife."

Is it any good?

For some culture-clash amusement, this outback offering hits the spot. It's easy to forget now, with all the Steve Irwin/Crocodile Hunter love what a phenomenon the fictional Crocodile Dundee was back in the mid-'80s. The movie made more than $328 million and bankrolled two sequels. Hogan and his no-nonsense "Man from Down Under" routine was quite charming back then, and though the comedy's definitely dated, it still manages to elicit chuckles at all the right spots.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Paul Hogan's character changed the way Americans thought about Australia, paving the way for Outback Steakhouse, the Subaru Outback (which he endorsed), and even the late Aussie naturalist Steve Irwin. Nowadays there are many, many Australians in Hollywood: Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, and Nicole Kidman, to name a few. Can you name five more?

  • Do you think Crocodile Dundee is representative of Australian bush culture? Is New York City still perceived as dangerous and crime-ridden?

  • What is a stereotype? Does the movie confirm or challenge stereotypes?

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