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Crocodile Dundee’s Humor Flounders In Los Angeles

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2001 12:00 am | Updated: 3:39 pm, Mon Jul 11, 2011.

Hollywood, Beverly Hills and movie stars are some of the latest obstacles that Paul Hogan, who reprises his role as the popular Mick Dundee, faces in his latest sequel, but there are other perils that Hogan can not overcome in this movie.

“Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles” is not only the worst of the three installments, but also one of the worst comedies to be released by Hollywood in recent years.

The last Crocodile Dundee movie, featured Hogan visiting New York City. While proposing his love to his long-time girlfriend, Sue Charleton, played by Linda Kozlowski, Dundee stomps on bad guys, who threaten her life.

In the third installment of the Crocodile Dundee saga, Charleton is temporarily assigned to the Los Angeles bureau of her father’s newspaper, after the bureau chief suspiciously died.

Dundee and Charleton decide that it’s time to show their 9-year-old son, Mikey, played by new comer Serge Cockburn, the world outside their small Australian town.

For Dundee, Los Angeles becomes his latest adventure as he plays a tourist through the movie capital of the world.

Meanwhile, he gets involved in his girlfriend’s investigation against a corrupt movie studio that is smuggling rare paintings into the country.

Hogan spent three years developing ideas and plots for this film, but this screenplay looks like it was written the night before shooting began for this movie.

None of the intended jokes are funny. In one scene, Dundee Jr. spots an animal running across the Los Angeles Freeway. Dundee stops his car in the middle of the expressway, causing a major traffic jam.

As soon as the police arrive, Dundee pulls a skunk out of a bush in a divide in the freeway. He approaches the officers with the odor-potent animal, which appears on the nightly news stations.

This scene is highly unbelievable and insulting to the audience’s intelligence like almost every other turning point in this script that is full of cookie-cutter cliches and boring stereotypes of Los Angeles people.

The plot for “Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles” is not stimulating and is lost behind the dull subplots that revolve around the other characters.

Based on the characters created by Australian-born Hogan, the characters predictably assimilate into their new surroundings, while offering their traditions and mannerisms with the world outside the Outback as hip and trendy.

One interesting note about the cultural carnival of Los Angeles is that Kozlowski’s facial plastic surgery is too noticeable.

Her face looks just as tightened and stretched as Hollywood television personality Joan Rivers.

One thing that “Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles” proves is that anyone with name recognition who has raised millions of dollars in two previous films can slap together any movie with a poor sense of humor and craftsmanship.

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