Old Dogs (2009)

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Old Dogs (2009)
  • Time: 88 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Family
  • Director: Walt Becker
  • Cast: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Matt Dillon, Seth Green, Kelly Preston, Bernie Mac

Storyline:

Charlie and Dan have been best friends and business partners for thirty years; their Manhattan public relations firm is on the verge of a huge business deal with a Japanese company. With two weeks to sew up the contract, Dan gets a surprise: a woman he married on a drunken impulse nearly nine years before (annulled the next day) shows up to tell him he’s the father of her twins, now seven, and she’ll be in jail for 14 days for a political protest. Dan volunteers to keep the tykes, although he’s up tight and clueless. With Charlie’s help is there any way they can be dad and uncle, meet the kids’ expectations, and still land the account?

One review

  • I knew going into this movie that it was a family comedy by Disney. I’ve seen plenty good ones over the years. This is not one of them. If you have ever seen a movie where you knew what lame gag was gonna pop out around every corner, then you will understand where I am coming from. This type of humor is hackneyed at best.

    Throw away jokes that you can see from a mile away! Forced sentimentality!

    Here is one example of a throwaway joke in the movie, this in no way spoils the plot:

    Before meeting an old flame Robin Williams is convinced by his friend John Travolta to get a spray tan because he looks “Like an albino”. At the tanning parlor the character gets a quick once over to how the spray system works. But what do you know, everything goes all wrong and the spraying becomes over-spraying while the attendant is distracted by John Travolta attempting to pick up on her. Despite Robin Williams numerous screams over the intercom, she ignore and blows him off. So now Robin Williams is SUPER TAN! Oh wow how funny! At the meeting with the old flame, in a crowded station, hes mistaken for being a different race twice! Comedy! But he meets the old flame, shrugs off the tan as a trip to Boca and at the end of their conversation she throws out that she has an old family secret to get rid of his tan. Next scene… NO TAN! Wow! Just like that huh?

    Putting aside how that one line undermines the entire joke and how mere hours later now his tan is gone without showing how to get rid of it… what old family secret is there to getting rid of a spray tan error? She wasn’t even ever told it was a spray tan, so what family secret gets rid of a real tan? Did her ancestors really pass down the family tradition of healing an over tanned body? The whole movie is filled with either overly predictable jokes that go nowhere or forced sappy sentimentality in a rush to build some sort of real connection between the characters.

    Its got a decent cast but they all feel like they are forced onto the screen at gun point. I can’t believe this was Bernie Mac’s last movie… such a shame.

    There are plenty other family fun comedies that do what this one tries to do. They do it better and with more heart. Save yourself some time and money and forget this tripe.

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