Wednesday, January 17, 2007
What Sucks…Crocodile Dundee II: Sequels That Suck V.2
In 1986 no one expected the Paul Hogan film “Crocodile Dundee” to be the huge hit it was. It was a sleeper and, with its easy going star Paul Hogan from “down under” finding out about how life was in the Big Apple, discerning what a bidet was used for and saying the unforgettable line “That’s Not A Knife…THAT’S A Knife” to a couple of would be muggers, he won America’s heart.
The 1988 sequel, “Crocodile Dundee II” however, sucked.
Gone was the simple “fish out of water” playfulness, no grabbing the privates of a trannie-hooker to determine if he/ she was as he or she, no sleeping on the hotel room floor because you’re not used to sleeping in a bed and no putting cocaine into a bowl of hot water to steam a guy’s cold away. All that was replaced with a storyline about a drug cartel kidnapping Mick Dundee’s wife Linda Kozlowski and threatening to kill her. Suddenly we don’t care so much that Dundee doesn’t know how to live in a hotel room, we just hope he knows how to call the police. The police for their part, as is their procedure, allowed Mick take his wife back to the Outback, and lure the drug cartel down there (Dinkens was in office) so he call do a little ass-kicking on his home turf.
Sadly, in researching for this posting, due to its 1988 release, no critic was able to say, “Crocodile Dundee- it’s Australian for crap!” Luckily, the 2001 release of “Crocodile Dundee 3: Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles”, afforded them such an opportunity.