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Kangaroo Jack Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A desert of shrill juvenile jokes and clanging chase sequences.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Loren King

    The film's crude humor and violence -- cartoonish, but still violent -- should offend parents of younger kids. Yet its ultra-broad, pratfall-filled comedy will satisfy only the most indiscriminate teens.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 10+

A very bad movie -- shouldn't have been PG.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the DVD cover suggests that a funny kangaroo is a large part of the movie, but it's a brief highlight that appears only in a fantasy sequence. The movie has a great deal of material parents might consider inappropriate for children, including peril, violence and gunplay, a stepfather who orders his stepson killed, drinking to excess seen as impressive, drinking portrayed as a way to cope with problems, violence, potty humor, and a co-ed swim in underwear that leads to kissing. There's a sexist joke and the black character is portrayed in "sidekick" terms with no interest in having any kind of independent life or relationships. The "happy" ending is somewhat sour as the only character who had been doing something to contribute to improving the world appears to have abandoned that completely for a life of hedonistic pleasure.

  • Families can talk about why Louis thought that the only reason Charlie stayed with him was because he saved Charlie's life. Why does Charlie blame himself for his mother's marrying Sal? What should Charlie have done differently?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A lot of violence for a PG, including peril, guns, knives.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Strong for a PG.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong for a PG.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, comic drunk.