“Crocodile Dundee” is an iconic 80’s film that isn’t anything special but still manages to be irresistible to every audience. I think it is the fact that Paul Hogan’s titular character is so cool that you can’t help but like him. His outback grit is perfectly contrasted by his big city naïvety, and he never does anything that would give us reason dislike him. Films like “George of the Jungle” and “Jungle 2 Jungle” have mimicked this concept with good-hearted, naïve natives, but the rough edges of Mick Dundee help him to be realistic in an uncomfortable situation instead of comically clueless. The setting also sets this film apart from most other films, exploring the tribes and creatures of the Outback and then transporting a piece of the Outback into our own backyard. The film definitely has some cheesy 80’s moments, but Hogan’s chemistry with Linda Kozlowski, funny interactions with girls on the “corner,” and the great one-liner below make this a classic.
[Pictured: "That's not a knife. THAT'S a knife!"]