Parents' Guide to

Kangaroo Jack

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

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

Movie PG 2003 89 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 16 parent reviews

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.
age 13+

Inappropriate for kids

This movie has some very inappropriate scenes like this guy grabs some girl’s private part and there were a lot of inappropriate scenes

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (21 ):

KANGAROO JACK is not just a very bad movie; it is a very bad movie that shows how inadequately the MPAA rating system handles the kinds of materials that are of concern to parents. This movie received a PG rating despite "humor" about topics that include masturbation, homosexuality, drinking and drunkenness, epilepsy, murder, grabbing a woman's breasts, the famous case where a dingo (wild Australian dog) ate a baby, a hit ordered by a mob boss on his stepson, and the ever-popular camel flatulence.

The action sequences are poorly staged, the jokes are staged even more poorly, the montages to rock music have no energy, and the acting ranges from mediocre to dreadful. Estella Warren, who plays the love interest, cannot act. The best performance is unquestionably that of the computer folks who designed the CGI kangaroo. Two positive notes are the long and and loyal inter-racial friendship and a strong, independent, brave, and capable woman.

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