January 27, 2003 12:00 PM

Jerry O’Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken

It takes a good half hour for the titular marsupial of this perfunctory kids’ comedy to show. Once he does, he makes off with $50,000 that our dim-bulb American heroes (O’Connell and Anderson) are supposed to be delivering to a mobster in Australia. The two set off in pursuit.

The plot is predictable, the jokes lame and only the anthropomorphized kangaroo (who is sometimes computer-generated), whether rapping or nibbling on licorice, amuses. Kids, of course, will love every dumb minute, but then they always do. (PG)

BOTTOM LINE: No need to hop to it

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