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"THE CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE"
(2002) (Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
None Mild *Heavy *Heavy Heavy
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild Mild Extreme None Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None None Mild Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy/Action/Adventure: Married wildlife crusaders mistake undercover CIA agents for poachers and try to save a crocodile that the feds want for the top-secret device it's swallowed.
PLOT:
A top-secret government satellite has exploded and sent an important surveillance device plummeting toward Australia where it lands and is swallowed by a crocodile. With its one million photos inside having the potential of changing the power structure of the modern world should they fall into the wrong hands, the CIA sends agents Bob Wheeler (LACHY HULME) and Vaughan Archer (KENNETH RANSOM) to the outback to retrieve it as covertly as possible.

Little do they know that their local contact, Jo Buckley (KATE BEAHAN), is really an agent working for the National Reconnaissance Office who's been sent by Deputy Director Harley Ansell (STEVE VIDLER) to act as if she's assisting them in order to seize the device.

Little do any of them realize the difficulties they'll face in finding the croc. Beyond its elusive nature, there's local ornery cattle farmer Brozzie Drewett (MAGDA SZUBANSKI) who only hates trespassers more than she does crocs, and wildlife ranger Sam Flynn (DAVID WENHAM) who tries to keep her in check.

Then there's Steve and Terri Irwin (STEVE & TERRI IRWIN), a married couple dedicated to promoting and saving the natural wildlife of their homeland. When the Irwins assume that the government agents are really poachers after the local croc that's been annoying Brozzie, they set out to capture, transport and then release it far away from danger.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the "Crocodile Hunter" TV show, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For action violence/peril and mild language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • STEVE IRWIN plays himself, an enthusiastic wildlife crusader who sets out with his wife to save a crocodile from CIA agents they've mistaken for poachers. While doing so, he handles and interacts with various dangerous animals.
  • TERRI IRWIN plays herself, Steve's wife, who assists him in his various tasks.
  • MAGDA SZUBANSKI plays a local, ornery cattle farmer who's fed up with both crocodiles and trespassers.
  • DAVID WENHAM plays the local wildlife ranger who tries to keep her in check.
  • LACHY HULME and KENNETH RANSOM play the two undercover CIA agents sent in to retrieve a top-secret government device.
  • KATE BEAHAN plays another undercover agent who poses as a local so she can act like she's assisting the CIA agents when in fact she's plotting to seize the device for her organization.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this action comedy that's been rated PG. Profanity consists of a handful of minor expletives, while some colorful phrases are also present, as is some imitative behavior. Much like the TV show, the film features various scenes showing Steve and Terri having various close encounters with dangerous wildlife that could be unsettling, suspenseful or downright scary to some younger viewers (and anyone with a phobia of certain animals such as snakes or spiders).

    Other non-related scenes, including some action-oriented violence (which occasionally involves some shooting at others and other threatening measures) could have the same effect. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, some cleavage is present (and the camera also briefly focuses on the lower half of a woman's clothed body), as is some scatological material.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A croc belches after swallowing the important device.
  • Steve finds and smells dried lizard "poo" and then puts some in his pocket to save it.
  • We see a dog urinating on a man's hat.
  • We see a dead kangaroo on a road (that's been hit by a vehicle but isn't bloody or gory beyond being dead).
  • We hear some farting sounds from Brozzie as she pushes on a stuck window with her clothed rear end.
  • We see some fresh croc excrement in a crate that was previously carrying it. Steve then gets some of that on his shirt as he wipes it off the missing device that was in it.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • All that occurs here is played for comedy.
  • Brozzie comes off as having a bad attitude toward anyone she encounters, particularly if they trespass on her land.
  • The various agents have bad attitudes for going to any means, including attempting to harm others, to retrieve the secret device.
  • Jo steals Brozzie's small open-air plane.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Much of the suspense that occurs in the film regarding Steve and Terri's close encounters with dangerous animals is of the same caliber as occurs on their TV show.
  • As some suspenseful music plays, Steve jumps into a body of water at night in an attempt to capture a large croc. Steve and the croc then spin around in the dark water, both above and below the surface. He eventually gets the croc in the boat.
  • As Steve informs the viewer about one of the most venomous snakes in the world, he holds a very large specimen by the tale and must repeatedly dodge its attempt at striking him (sometimes coming very close which could be highly unsettling for some viewers, particularly if they don't like snakes).
  • For those who don't like or are wary of dogs, a scene where many of Brozzie's dogs come racing at Sam, forcing him up onto a fence to get away from them might be unsettling. Other scenes also involve the dogs acting menacingly toward others.
  • As Steve informs the viewer about a bird-eating spider (which is poisonous and rather large), he must avoid it while holding it on a small piece of wood (those who don't like spiders will likely find the scene unsettling). After putting the spider into a clear plastic container, Steve then puts his hand down into a spider hole and acts like he's been bitten (but he's just joking).
  • Brozzie finds herself holding onto a rope above a body of water where a croc lunges at her several times, just missing her. Her blanket then falls into the water, momentarily tangling the croc, and she then falls into the water as well. Panicking, she races to get out of the water before the croc frees itself. She then gets to the shore and prepares to shoot the croc that's coming after her, but her waterlogged shotgun doesn't fire. She then faints, but the croc retreats back to the water.
  • Steve holds another large and highly venomous snake and must avoid allowing it to bite him.
  • Steve walks along the shoreline, pointing out that a large croc has just been there and is probably close by (some kids will worry about his safety). The croc then lunges at him, and he must avoid it (as it strikes at him) while Terri tries to start the boat (all accompanied by suspenseful music).
  • The croc then repeatedly jumps out of the water and tries to grab Steve who's sitting in a boat trying to snare it with a rope. Since he never knows when the croc will lunge again, the scene might be tense/suspenseful to some viewers.
  • They eventually rope the croc that then takes off through the water as they pursue it in the boat with Steve standing out on the bow holding the rope. He's eventually yanked in and then disappears beneath the surface as Terri searches for him for a few moments. He eventually surfaces and then quickly swims toward the boat as the croc closes in on him (all with more music). After getting back on the boat, Steve is pulled into the water once more and races to get back into the boat. The croc eventually lead them up a creek where Steve then jumps out onto it in shallow water and they try to tie off its jaws as the croc starts to go under their boat, dragging Steve with it.
  • The large and poisonous spider gets out in Steve and Terri's truck, crawls up her leg and eventually crawls up her face. Later, it surprises Wheeler when he opens a small plastic container.
  • Steve climbs out of his moving truck (while Terri drives) and then gets on top to fight an agent. Wheeler holds his gun on Steve, but Terri slams on the brakes and the agent's gun fires but misses. Wheeler then backhands Steve and tries to hit him again, but misses. Steve then tosses the man off the back of the truck and we then see that he's being dragged behind it via a rope. Steve then lowers a poisonous snake down toward Wheeler to make him let go (and he does).
  • Steve tries to cut ropes holding a croc's jaws shut and avoid harming it or being bitten in the process.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Shotgun: Used by Brozzie to shoot at crocs and people when not threatening the latter with it.
  • Handgun: Used by Wheeler to shoot at Brozzie's dogs in an attempt to scare them away.
  • Dynamite: Used by Jo to blow open Brozzie's locked barn door and thrown at Wheeler and Archer and then Steve and Terri.
  • Rifle: Carried by Sam.
  • Automatic Weapons: Seen held by various soldiers in a photo seen in the end credits roll.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "(Oh) crikey," "You dirty, rotten, stinking mongrel," "Nick off" (or something close to that), "Rack off," "Blokes" (men), "Shelias" (women), "Don't muck with it," "Oh sugar" (said instead of a profanity), "Nuts" (said in frustration), "Turn the damn water off," "Have to go like hell to catch him," "You wanker," "You idiot," "What the hell is going on down there?" "Holy smokes" and "All hell will break lose."
  • The handling of wild animals could be enticing for some kids to imitate (although Steve states that only professionals should be doing what he's doing).
  • Steve playfully pats Terri on her clothed butt after they successfully capture a large croc.
  • Jo locks Brozzie inside her own bathroom by tying the door shut.
  • Steve climbs out of his moving truck (while Terri drives) and then gets on top to fight an agent.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A crocodile suddenly grabs some bait.
  • Steve puts his hand down into a spider hole and suddenly acts like he's been bitten (but he's just joking).
  • A croc suddenly jumps out at Steve.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful and some action music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 3 hells, 2 damns, and 2 wankers are used as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Steve playfully pats Terri on her clothed butt after they successfully capture a large croc.
  • As Jo gets out of her truck, the camera (representing Archer and Wheeler's eyes) briefly focuses on her tight shorts and legs (from the front).
  • Terri shows some cleavage in a tank-top, while Jo also shows some in some later scenes (in a low-cut tank-top).
  • While animal-related, there's some talk of spiders mating (although we don't see the activity).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The handling of wild animals could be enticing for some kids to imitate (although Steve states that only professionals should be doing what he's doing).
  • Poachers - Steve thinks that's what the agents are.
  • Steve and Terri's efforts to educate the public about various forms of wildlife and thus protect such creatures.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A satellite explodes in outer space.
  • Brozzie fires several shotgun blasts at a croc she claims is taking her cows.
  • Wheeler fires a few shots into the air and then some into the ground near Brozzie's dogs in an attempt to scare them away. Several shotgun blasts then hit the tree in which he's standing and we then see Brozzie shooting at him for shooting at her dogs.
  • Jo uses dynamite to blow open Brozzie's locked barn door (we see several large explosions).
  • An agent fires his gun in the air and the agents' truck then rams into the back of Steve and Terri's truck.
  • Steve climbs out of his moving truck (while Terri drives) and then gets on top to fight an agent. Wheeler holds his gun on Steve, but Terri slams on the brakes and the agent's gun fires but misses. Wheeler then backhands Steve and tries to hit him again, but misses. Steve then tosses the man off the back of the truck and we then see that he's being dragged behind it via a rope. Steve then lowers a poisonous snake down toward Wheeler to make him let go (and he does).
  • Brozzie knocks down a locked door, causing Sam to accidentally shoot a bucket on her porch.
  • Wheeler repeatedly shoots at a spider that's on the ground.
  • Jo flies above a river in an open-air plane and drops sticks of dynamite into the water near Wheeler and Archer's boat. One explosion knocks both of them into the river. She then attempts to do the same with Steve and Terri, but Steve lassoes the small plane, causing it to crash nose first into the river (we then see that she's okay).
  • In the outtakes during the end credits roll, a small croc bites Steve on the hand (for real).



  • Reviewed June 20, 2002 / Posted July 12, 2002

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