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Kangaroo Jack (2003) is a buddy-Action movie, disguised as a talking-kangaroo comedy aimed at kids, from Warner Bros Pictures, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas and Adam Garcia as the voice of Kangaroo Jack.
Charlie Carbone (O'Connell) wants to make his stepfather (Walken) happy. He has his own beauty salon, and he does well, but certain complications keep him from turning more than a bare profit--complications like mob payments. Oh, and by the way, this local mob is controlled by Salvatore "Sal" Maggio. Who happens to be Charlie's stepdad. So, obviously, Charlie wants to make his stepdad happy, because when Sal is unhappy, people tend to disappear.
After Charlie and his best friend Louis Booker (Anderson) botch their first job delivering stolen televisions (bringing the police down on Maggio's people), Sal's apprentice Frankie (Michael Shannon) decides to give them one more chance to redeem themselves, by delivering $50,000 to a Mr. Smith (Csokas) in Australia, and if they have any trouble, just call Mr. Smith and he will take care of everything. Too bad Sal has given Smith special instructions to "take care of" Charlie and Louis. And things go from bad to worse when a kangaroo runs off with the money they are supposed to deliver...
An animated children's sequel, titled Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!, was produced and released on video in 2004.
This movie contains examples of:
- Big Bad: Sal
- Black Best Friend: Louis
- Boxing Kangaroo: Marsupial pwnage ensues.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The crazy old lady in the animated sequel.
- Death Glare: Sal gives Louis a very effective one after the latter says something stupid.
- Deus Ex Machina: Type 2, when Mr. Jimmy is revealed to be a undercover cop and saves them in a helicopter out of nowhere.
- The Dragon: Frankie
- Four Is Death: Guess the fate of the bush plane Flying Dingo IV. Go on, guess.
- Fridge Brilliance: Addressed by Charlie, who tells Louis that if he never put the money in his jacket, and put the jacket on the kangaroo, they would have delivered the money to Smith right away, and he would've killed them.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: Eventually lampshaded with Charlie and Louis.
- Impeded Messenger: The whole plot, which turns out to be fortunate for our intrepid heroes.
- Innocent Innuendo: We see some guys looking at an envelope full of money in an airplane toilet, and cut to outside the toilet where we hear them saying something about scooping up brown and green stuff. Ewwwww...
- Kangaroos Represent Australia
- Land Down Under
- Leitmotif: The kangaroo has a brief, Dr. Dre-esque hip-hop tune that plays whenever he appears. Yes it's bouncy, why do you ask?
- Man Hug
Louis: Not now. We're having a very intimate, non-gay moment.
- Money, Dear Boy: Christopher Walken as Sal Maggio.
- My Greatest Failure: Charlie wished he said something to his mother about marrying Sal Maggio.
- Never Trust a Trailer: This movie is not about a wise-cracking, talking kangaroo, and it is not kid-friendly despite the PG rating. He does talk in the animated sequel, thanks to a magic spell.
- Noodle Incident: "How was I supposed to know those Greyhounds were being used to smuggle diamonds?"
- One Phone Call: In the animated sequel, Louis and Charlie got arrested. Louis used his phone call to call Charlie.
- Redheaded Hero: Jessie in the animated sequel.
- Serkis Folk: The kangaroo.
- Short Distance Phone Call
- Three Amigos: Charlie, Louise, and Jessie. Especially in the animated sequel.
- Tranquillizer Dart: Discussed when the protagonists accidentally shoot a dart to their airplane pilot while they are airborne; the pilot experiences the effects in stages as noted by one of them.
- You Have Failed Me: The reason Charlie and Louis were given the job to deliver the money.