What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this '80s comedy features violence and alcohol use -- even one instance of cocaine use. The language and sexuality are on par with most PG-13 films, but there's near constant drinking and cigarette smoking, and several fight scenes. Still, the humor of the "fish out of water" genre conveys some positive themes about Australian and Aboriginal culture, being in tune with nature, and being kind and chivalrous.
- Families can talk about how Paul Hogan's character changed the way Americans thought about Australia, paving the way for the Outback Steakhouse, the Subaru Outback (which he endorsed) and even the late Aussie naturalist, Steve Irwin. Nowadays there are many, many Australians in Hollywood: Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, and Nicole Kidman, to name a few. Kids: can you name five more? Do you think Crocodile Dundee is representative of Australian Bush culture? Is New York City still perceived as dangerous and crime-ridden?