A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While intended to entertain, the film does call attention to the plight of exotic animals illegally captured in the wild and sent away to "perform" thousands of miles outside their natural habitats.
Positive Role Models
While mostly cartoonish and silly, Louis, Charlie, and Jessie show through example the importance of working together to solve problems.
Violence & Scariness
Some pratfalls and cartoonish violence (in the form of kicking kangaroos and characters knocking out other characters with frying pans). Also, poachers capture a kangaroo and other exotic animals.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two male characters strip down to their boxers when confronted by a panther who starts to sniff and lick at their food-stained clothes. After telling his friends about the dream he just awoke from and when asked about other dreams he's had, Louis answers "I'd rather not say."
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A character mistakenly calls an Aborigine leader "Funky Dookie."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Inside an apartment is a neon sign with the word "Bar" and a martini glass.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kangaroo Jack: G'Day USA! is a goofy 2004 animated movie about a kangaroo who is captured by poachers and sent to perform in Las Vegas, where he instead wreaks all kinds of slapsticky havoc. While mostly silly, the humor does skew toward obnoxiousness -- with food fights, kangaroo boxing, and audible, odorous, and ill-timed flatulence. While the plight of exotic animals captured by poachers is shown in this movie, this is mostly a lighthearted caper jam-packed with pratfalls and some cartoonish violence in the form of kicking kangaroos and characters knocking out other characters with frying pans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
KANGAROO JACK: G'DAY USA! is a very silly movie that, on occasion, veers into obnoxious humor. In other words: This movie is unafraid to use flatulence to garner some laughs. Much of its humor is derived from food fights, one-dimensional portrayals of, say, "surfer dudes," and slapstick-style violence.
None of this is quite enough to carry the movie, but it's enough to keep families entertained, assuming this is their style of humor. Even when showing the plight of exotic animals captured by poachers, this is still, at its core, a cartoon caper. For families, the entertainment value of the film is inevitably dependent on how much they enjoy this kind of thing, and how much silliness they're willing to tolerate.
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