Kangaroo Jack

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

A very bad movie -- shouldn't have been PG.

PG 2003 89 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 28 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

The most important thing is that it's about friendship

I love this movie and it's not inappropriate unless u count kissing inappropriate and there is bad words but who gives a flying fuck it's not gonna affect them

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Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

Another film I liked as a kid and can’t explain why

For the inappropriate humour, it is worth note this was initially meant to be an adult film. But that doesn’t make it good. This movie is just unpleasant, a lot of it stemming from how unlikable the main lead is. There’s nothing wrong with having a flawed protagonist, but any development he undergoes is rushed and forced. When he meets his love interest, he immediately violates her and tries to justify it with “I thought I was hallucinating”. And then for no real reason, she later falls for him because Hollywood. The best friend isn’t much better as he’s super annoying and provides the film’s more crass humour. Because of this, I fully supported the villain as his plan to have them pay for their own assassination, while convoluted, is completely justified. But by far the biggest insult is the false advertising. Not only is Kangaroo Jack not the main character, but he only talks during a dream sequence and at the end when the film lampshades this. Sure, it would be dumb having a rapping kangaroo as the lead, but at least I can honestly say kids would enjoy that. I’m surprised I didn’t feel cheated by that. That said, there are a few things that work. For starters, there’s a legit reason for the lead to spend time with the annoying friend. I guess acquaintance is more correct as these two are only together out of obligation. I appreciate that. Also, the ending bit still gets a laugh out of me. But this is still a bad film.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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