Producer, Jerry Bruckheimer brings his moneymaking movie machine to the Australian Outback in his latest venture. Although Kangaroo Jack has been made more for laughs, there is still the requisite serving of Bruckheimer action. When he was a kid, Charlie Carbones mother (Dyan Cannon in an almost invisible role) married a mobster named Sal Maggio (Christopher Walken). An equally important event in Charlies childhood was his first encounter with Louis Booker, a young black kid who saved him from drowning.
Charlie is now grown up and played by Jerry OConnell. Louis (Anthony Anderson) sticks to him like glue, wont let him forget that he owes him his life and is always getting him into trouble - like when he persuades him to help him deliver some pinched TVs. This signals the first sequence of Bruckheimer bedlam when cops chase the guys through New York streets - which, for Sydneysiders, might look suspiciously familiar, despite all the snappy editing. The debacle ends with Louis leading the cops to a warehouse stacked with Sals hot property.
Sal punishes Charlie and Louis by sending them to the Back of Beyond somewhere in Oz (thatll teach em!) with a package containing $50,000 to be delivered to Mr Smith (Marton Csokas). Their delivery is delayed when the boys hit and - they think - kill a kangaroo. Before they continue on their way, they decide to take some snapshots, posing with the roo which they dress in Louis red jacket. But it takes more than a bumper bar to bring down the mighty marsupial who wakes up and hops off still wearing the jacket. And $50,000 in one of the pockets.
Charlie and Louis then have to find a way to catch the runaway (and rich) roo, before Mr Smith and his cohorts or Sals men, led by the snarling Frankie (Michael Shannon), catch up with them. Help and hindrance come from some of the locals, including wildlife expert, Jessie (Estella Warren), and Blue, the boozy bush pilot (Bill Hunter).