The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Unnecessary comedy sequel has some language, innuendo.
  • PG-13
  • 2021
  • 88 minutes

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Positive Messages

Movie satirizes celebrity culture, Hollywood, and the fickleness of fame.

Positive Role Models

Basically, Paul Hogan plays Larry David in a pale imitation of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The main character gets into situations in which he seems racist.

Violence

Hogan accidentally throws a snake at an innocent bystander. He later nearly kills a nun and punches kids who attack him while he confronts a Crocodile Dundee imitator on Hollywood Boulevard. Reckless driving. Exploding motorcycle.

Sex

"Knife" used as sexual innuendo. Now working as a ride share driver, John Cleese tells Hogan that he spent all of his money on, among other things, prostitutes.

Language

"S--t," "d--khead," "hell."

Consumerism

Isuzu dealership clearly shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, wine, cocktail drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee is a 2020 comedy in which Paul Hogan plays a version of himself who's trying to restore his damaged reputation before he's to be knighted. Essentially, this is Paul Hogan playing Larry David in a less funny imitation of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Hogan's "damaged reputation" consists of situations in which he seems racist, it looks like he throws a snake at an innocent bystander, it looks like he gets into a fistfight with two kids, killed a nun, etc. There's also an exploding motorcycle, and car chases in which John Cleese is a ride share driver because he spent all his money on, among other things, prostitutes. Some drinking -- champagne, wine, cocktails. Some profanity, including "s--t" and "d--khead." Some sexual innuendo.

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Adult Written byNikkiJP90 January 6, 2021

Comedy that takes some liberties of Hollywood itself

As usual, ignore the critic reviews. The user reviews on imbd sum up the film well. The type of humor isn't for everyone, especially if they were expecting... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In THE VERY EXCELLENT MR. DUNDEE, Paul Hogan is trying to stay retired in LA after a long career of great success in the '70s and '80s, and a long decline ever since. However, his "Crocodile Dundee" character is still considered iconic to many, inlcuding the Queen, who wants to bestow Hogan with knighthood. Hogan is indifferent to this, but his agent is not, and tries to help him remain relevant by taking him to pitches of potential Crocodile Dundee sequels. After telling a group of studio executives that a sequel in which Hogan has a long-lost son to be played by Will Smith wouldn't work because Smith is African American, Hogan is labeled a racist by the entertainment media, a charge that increases after Hogan mistakenly arrives on the red carpet of a "Black Talent Awards" when he thinks he's at a benefit for underprivileged children and then makes comments that could be construed as racist. Also, during this time, he accidentally throws a snake at an innocent bystander, gets into a police car chase while in the backseat of a ride share vehicle driven by John Cleese, gets into a tussle with the kids of a Crocodile Dundee imitator on Hollywood Boulevard, and almost kills a nun. Hogan, for his part, just wants to move back to Australia and fully retire and spend time with his granddaughter, but while he gets lunch with Chevy Chase to get tips on how to be more likable in show business, his agent desperately struggles to restore Hogan's damaged reputation. As it looks like things could not possibly get any worse, Hogan must find a way to come back into the good graces of the entertainment industry, the entertainment media, and the Queen.

Is it any good?

Essentially, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee asks the never-asked question: What if Paul Hogan played the Larry David of a below average urb Your Enthusiasm imitation? While the result is most likely better than yet another traditional Crocodile Dundee sequel, the same humor rooted in awkward and uncomfortable situations that's Curb Your Enthusiasm's stock and trade almost always falls flat and mars what might have been a much better movie had they tried to be less derivative. While many Australian celebrities appear in cameos to see Hogan off (as it does come across as a final movie before retirement), along with some contributions from John Cleese and Chevy Chase, all these performances accomplish is to show that Hogan's career, particularly in the 1970s and '80s meant something to them, and his career was much more successful than many people who are only familiar with Crocodile Dundee might realize. 

The humor works best when it avoids the Larry Davidesque situations, and seems more like the humor that makes This is Spinal Tap such a classic. There's great humor in ego humbling, at the constant reminder that a performer isn't as popular as they once were, and it even makes them likable, in spite of where they are with their talents and careers. Hogan is most likable when he's a retired grandfather with no interest in being Crocodile Dundee, even as he can't escape the iconic catchphrases that went with the success for decades after. There's humor inherent in being post-famous, of a career reduced to a question on Jeopardy!. But this humor doesn't come out nearly enough, making this movie unlikely to appeal to anyone other than Paul Hogan fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about satire in comedies. How does this movie use satire to poke fun at Hollywood, celebrities, fame?

  • Much of the movie's humor is rooted in the lead character inadvertently getting into situations that make him look bad. Does it work? Why or why not?

  • How does the movie parody entertainment news and local news?

  • Have you seen the other Crocodile Dundee movies? If so, how does this compare?

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