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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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