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Crocodile Dundee Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

Say G'day mate to this iconic Outback comedy.

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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Aboriginal culture is featured positively, but Australians are otherwise depicted stereotypically.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Many punches are thrown at a pub brawl against a pimp and his thugs. Kangaroo hunters use guns, as does Dundee to defend the animals. Dundee headbutts a man, saves Sue from the jaws of a croc, and sports his large knife on several occasions.

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    Sex: Sue wears revealing outfits sans bra, including a thong bathing suit. Two prostitutes tell Croc they'd "give him one for free." Dundee spends most of the film shirtless, and in one scene is in the bath (no nudity is shown). Sue and Dundee kiss and embrace. Dundee checks between two androgynous people's legs.

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    Language: Several uses of the words "s--t" and "Jesus," as well as "ass," and one "F" word. A transvestite is referred to as a "fag."

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    Consumerism: New York tourist sites: Times Square, The Plaza, Newsday newspaper.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A partygoer snorts cocaine, which Dundee thinks is a cold remedy. Dundee drinks a LOT, mostly beer. In several scenes, characters drink socially at bars or parties (beer or cocktails). Many people smoke cigarettes.

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