Welcome to the Outback Sue!
Walter Reilly escorts Sue to Walkabout Creek, a tiny little ghosty town in the middle of nowhere where Walter is the proud co-owner of a wild life safari business he runs alongside his business partner Mick J. "Crocodile" Dundee. And Mick happens to be the very man that Sue is on the hunt for. And she meets him soon enough, when Mick comes barging into the bar later that day with a stuffed crocodile under his arm. Being a rough-and-tumble guy from the Outback, Mick isn't really too inclined to sit at a table and give a civilized interview so an alternative plan is set - Mick will backpack with Sue to the same place that he was attacked and he'll tell her the whole story along the way. Sue may be a city girl, but she's not going to show weakness so she laces up her hiking boots and off they go!
Would you trust him in the wild?
Over the next three days, Sue gets more than enough for her story. From watching Mick hypnotize dangerous creatures in the wild, to seeing the location of his wrecked boat and hearing the harrowing tale of the day he was attacked...even being nearly killed by a crocodile was a fun addition to her adventure! Mick definitely came off as being a pain in the butt and highly sexist, but Sue has softened to his rough edges...so much so that she's not ready to leave him behind in Australia. As a continuation of her story, Sue decides that she is going to bring Mick with her to New York City and show him her world in the exact same way that she got to see his. And it's going to be the biggest culture shock of his life!
Sorry Mick, you won't find too many crocs in NYC!
From the moment Mick set foot on the airplane - his first time flying naturally - its clear that this will be the adventure of his lifetime. Merely surprised at the size of the city and amount of people living in Manhattan, Mick decides to apply his Aussie way of life to life in the Big Apple. He chats up strangers as if they're lifelong friends, climbs lamp posts to get a better look at the city around him, terrifies muggers with the size of his Bowie knife, and puzzles over the purpose of a bidet. And everywhere that Sue ushers Mick, people are enamored by him! But despite the fact that Sue and Richard are in a committed relationship, it's clear that there is a bit of a competition over who gets Sue's affections: Richard or Mick. The two actually are competing for her love! But in the end, there is no contest, Sue has her sights set on one man. And he has brought out her wild side.
See? That's animal magnetism at work right there.
This movie is, yet another, classic from my childhood that I'm still surprised my parents allowed me to watch. I guess it'll fit nicely on the shelf beside Grumpy Old Men and Predator! Overall, this is a total 80s movie and I loved every second of it - it's got great comedy, action, adventure, and some really cheeky romance. Plus, I can't lie - Paul Hogan is a total hunk! I mean, for a weathered older man... If you're a fan of a fun Aussie-New York comedy with light dustings of romance, all set to the glam of the 80s, you need to see this movie! And the two sequels, which I hear are equally funny.