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Crocodile Dundee II Review


Weak
As charismatic as ol' Mick Dundee was in the original Crocodile Dundee, the opposite is on display in this sequel, produced two years later. By 1988, an overexposed Paul Hogan had turned Dundee into a harsh meanie -- fishing off the coast of New York with dynamite and willing to dangle a man over the side of a building to get information out of him.

And rather than a lovey-dovey romantic comedy, Crocodile Dundee II (made, you know, back when we used Roman numerals to indicate the number of a sequel) is an action-packed movie more fit for Schwarzenegger, an attempt to clone Romancing the Stone with a less attractive blonde and a lead with an accent. This time out, our reporter Sue gets in trouble with a group of gangsters, and Mick has to save her ass -- by dragging it back to Australia, where he picks off the villains one by one by using his nutty faux-Aboriginal mojo.

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The Cars That Ate Paris Review


Weak
Along with Paris, Texas, this is the other movie with Paris in the title that's not about Paris, France.

Rather, this Paris is in New South Wales, Australia. And the cars don't really eat it, either. The residents of the town do. Er, they eat the visitors to the town. Er, they don't eat them... ah, skip it. Let's start again.

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Crocodile Dundee II Review


Weak
As charismatic as ol' Mick Dundee was in the original Crocodile Dundee, the opposite is on display in this sequel, produced two years later. By 1988, an overexposed Paul Hogan had turned Dundee into a harsh meanie -- fishing off the coast of New York with dynamite and willing to dangle a man over the side of a building to get information out of him.

And rather than a lovey-dovey romantic comedy, Crocodile Dundee II (made, you know, back when we used Roman numerals to indicate the number of a sequel) is an action-packed movie more fit for Schwarzenegger, an attempt to clone Romancing the Stone with a less attractive blonde and a lead with an accent. This time out, our reporter Sue gets in trouble with a group of gangsters, and Mick has to save her ass -- by dragging it back to Australia, where he picks off the villains one by one by using his nutty faux-Aboriginal mojo.

Continue reading: Crocodile Dundee II Review

The Cars That Ate Paris Review


Weak
Along with Paris, Texas, this is the other movie with Paris in the title that's not about Paris, France.

Rather, this Paris is in New South Wales, Australia. And the cars don't really eat it, either. The residents of the town do. Er, they eat the visitors to the town. Er, they don't eat them... ah, skip it. Let's start again.

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Crocodile Dundee Review


Very Good
In case, dear reader, you are too young to remember the 1980s, you missed the craze over Australia. Men at Work inexplicably became a big band. An Aussie guy named "Jocko" pitched Energizer batteries with the catchphrase "Oy!" The Outback Steakhouse rose to national prominence.

And it was all started by a man named Paul Hogan, who invented a character named Crocodile Dundee, a rough-and-tumble adventurer discovered by a nubile reporter named Sue (Linda Kozlowski, a blonde whose career has essentially ended at Dundee and its two sequels (and here)) when she's digging up a story down under.

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