Kangaroo Jack Christopher Walken plays a small role as a gangster in the junky kids' comedy Kangaroo Jack , and every moment he's on the screen is… Kangaroo Jack Christopher Walken plays a small role as a gangster in the junky kids' comedy Kangaroo Jack , and every moment he's on the screen is… 2003-01-17 PG PT88M Comedy Anthony Anderson Jerry O'Connell Estella Warren Dyan Cannon Christopher Walken Jerry Bruckheimer Warner Bros.
Movie Review

Kangaroo Jack (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG
Anthony Anderson, Kangaroo Jack | ROO THE DAY Anderson is stuck Down Under
ROO THE DAY Anderson is stuck Down Under
EW's GRADE
D

Details Release Date: Jan 17, 2003; Rated: PG; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Anthony Anderson, Jerry O'Connell and Estella Warren; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Christopher Walken plays a small role as a gangster in the junky kids' comedy Kangaroo Jack, and every moment he's on the screen is a marvel of charisma over crap. As he did last year in ''The Country Bears,'' the cosmically uncategorizable actor (a possible Oscar nominee for his tender supporting performance in ''Catch Me if You Can'') provides brief oases of adult pleasure in a desert of shrill juvenile jokes and clanging chase sequences.

The Jack of the title (who, by the way, isn't a talker, contrary to the misleading TV commercials) is an Australian marsupial in temporary possession of a jacket containing $50,000, usually worn by Louis Fucci (Anthony Anderson), who's the best friend of Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell), who's the gangster's hairdresser stepson from Brooklyn, sent Down Under to...like it matters. What does matter, to those fascinated by such trivia, is that this charmless, expense-deductible business trip to Australia was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (now branching out into action junk for kids) and cowritten by Steve Bing (penning a lullaby for his son with Elizabeth Hurley?). Also, ''Kangaroo Jack'' costars Estella Warren as a wildlife conservationist who, in the interests of PG, swims in an opaque white tank top and flirts demurely with Charlie.

Originally posted Jan 15, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints
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