The worldwide hit Crocodile Dundee made Australian Paul Hogan a household name in the U.S. and introduced "G'Day, Mate" to the popular vernacular. The basis for the film is simple and relatively charming: girl brings tough country guy to the big city and he falls in love with her. It's King Kong all over again; or more specifically, an idea loosely stolen from one of the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies, Tarzan's New York Adventure. Unfortunately, the romantic angle in Dundee is undermined by the lack of chemistry between Hogan and co-star Linda Kozlowski, whose performance is generally poor. What remains is a comedy about an out-of-towner winning over the loonies of New York City, and cartoonish as it may be, the film is carried by Hogan's charisma. He's bemused, good-natured, and darn-near irresistible. This is the role that Hogan was born to do, and it's hard to imagine him ever finding a more suitable part.
by Brendon Hanley review