This might be the biggest disappointment thus far of 2018.  Okay maybe not, but still.  That crazy Crocodile Dundee sequel titled Dundee that we’ve been seeing trailers for the past few weeks? Turns out it’s nothing more than an elaborate commercial for Australian Tourism.

 

Though this may come as no big surprise considering how the film seemingly came out of nowhere (which is very difficult to do in this day and age), it still must be a bummer for those who got excited to see a film about Danny McBride as Crocodile Dundee’s son returning to Australia from the States.

A few weeks ago the first teaser dropped, showing beautiful shots of Australia (which now makes perfect sense) before moving into Danny McBride wielding the famous Dundee knife. Another teaser quickly followed starring both McBride and Australian stud Chris Hemsworth.

“This isn’t a movie.  It’s a tourism ad for Australia.”

With the first two teasers showing little more than a few shots, it seemed that this thing still had to be some kind of hoax, though it wasn’t clear what it was for.  But then a full length trailer dropped and, not only did there appear to be a full movie, but it also seemed to feature every Australian superstar working today–including Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, and Isla Fisher, among others.  And of course, the original Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan.

Railing in Sidney with an orange sky during sunset and an opera in the background

They could have saved a lot of money by just showing us this picture.

But then the truth was revealed last night during the SuperBowl.  The commercial (we can now call it that) played like it was another film trailer (recycling footage we had seen already), before, halfway through, cutting to new footage in which McBride is confused why Hemsworth is praising Australia in a salesman’s fashion, eventually catching on and stating, “This isn’t a movie.  It’s a tourism ad for Australia.” 

Hemsworth consoles a disappointed McBride saying he is the best Crocodile Dundee since the original Crocodile Dundee (Paul Hogan appears briefly to disagree) before adding: “And we had the best trip ever, didn’t we?” McBride agrees.

Damn it Australia, that was good.  That was real good.  I’m booking my ticket now.