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'Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles'

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 20, 2001


    'Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles' Paul Hogan in "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles." (Paramount)
There's a scene near the beginning of "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" where Paul Hogan, playing Outback nature-boy extraordinaire Mick "Crocodile" Dundee for the third time, puts a feral razorback hog to sleep just by looking at it. Little does Hogan know that his tired on-screen persona will have the same mesmeric effect on people.

This latest, utterly gratuitous chapter in the saga of the wisecracking reptile hunter will add nothing to the ever-dimming reputation of the Subaru pitchman, first established in the United States with the release of the 1986 "Croc."

That film's mildly charming fish-out-of-water scenario, set in the Big Apple, is basically transplanted to L.A. for outing No. 3, in which Hogan's leathery naif encounters such Left Coast quirks as low-riders, gay bars and coffee enemas, courtesy of an equally leathery George Hamilton.

Boxer Mike Tyson also pops up as a guy practicing yoga in the park, but such celebrity cameos are wasted, as is the plot about an international smuggling ring.

Hogan's real-life wife Linda Kozlowski reappears as Sue Charleton, but her impersonation of an investigative journalist feels phoned in. With her labored, soporific delivery, she sounds like Perry Como on botox.

And, as Croc and Sue's young son, Mikey, juvenile actor Serge Cockburn is cute, but only in the generic way that all farm-raised movie children are.

"Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" (PG, 95 minutes) – Contains obscenity, hungry crocodiles and gunfire.


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