Old Dogs

2009 "Sit. Stay. Play Dad."
5.3| 1h28m| PG| en| More Info
Released: 24 November 2009 Released
Producted By: Walt Disney Pictures
Country: United States of America
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Official Website: http://disney.go.com/olddogs/

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?


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Stometer Save your money for something good and enjoyable
Grimerlana Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
XoWizIama Excellent adaptation.
Numerootno A story that's too fascinating to pass by...
brchthethird Disney has put out some good movies, and some stinkers. This movie fits firmly in the latter category. John Travolta and Robin Williams phone in their performances in this uneven mix of slapstick and schmaltz. John Travolta and Robin Williams play business partners who run a sports marketing firm, but when Robin Williams' character finds out he has children, he and Travolta have to play dad for a couple of weeks while the mother serves a little time in jail. Nothing about the plot was fresh or interesting although, to Disney's credit, they really don't deal with much outside of formula filmmaking anyway. There were a couple of visual gags that were legitimately funny...the first time around. But then they just keep using the same jokes over and over again. Kids might enjoy adults getting hit repeatedly in the groin, but not me. And then to make matters worse, there's some humor insinuating that the main characters are gay, which will go right over children's heads. Ultimately, this film is aimed at families with young children, but the humor is hackneyed at best and I don't see parents enjoying it too much. The message about the importance of family is admirable, but Disney has done much better than this in the past. Ultimately, this won't go down in the annals of Disney history as even a good film, and it certainly is one of the worst films that John Travolta and Robin Williams have ever made. Some old dogs just need to be put to sleep.
thesar-2 Little did I know, when I watched Old Dogs for the first and definitely last time, that I would be seeing a "new" (to me) Robin Williams film that I would be very disappointed in just a couple of months prior his unfortunate passing. Now, this didn't and won't change my opinion as I write this after his death, but it's sad to know this was my last impression of him before the world lost him.RIP Robin always, but this movie was purely horrifying. It was a comedy that had no comedic moments, a family story with no heart and an unoriginal script that was as random as Mr. Williams' normal schtick. Everything about this project screamed desperation on both stars, Williams and John Travolta and I pitied both of them having to experience such a fall from grace.Since it's been about four months since I've seen this, I refreshed my memory with watching the trailer online. I actually wish I hadn't wasted those two minutes, even though it reminded me of how awful this movie was. It was just one underdeveloped scene after another with sight gags so bizarre, humorless and edited poorly. Hell, even the OLD plot of "Surprise! You're a Dad!" it took a back seat to terrible characters, uncool kids and depressing setups. Basically, I've already given the synopsis, but to elaborate, businessmen Charlie and Dan "inherit" two twins as the kids' mother goes to jail and this is during an important deal with "the Japanese." (Their words, not mine.) Of course, chaos ensues, and the real Dad, Dan, must learn to be a Big Daddy. Even if he has to robotically become one. Yeah, that's one of the "gags."Robin Williams' death aside, which would not take place for years following, this movie was littered with real-life disasters, including Williams' hospitalization, the death of Travolta's own son and Bernie Mac's death. Not to take any of those tragedies lightly, those should've been more than one sign this should've been scrapped. The real reason was in the movie.Everything failed. Every joke, every visual stunt. Past the predictability level at high alert, the story and believability of the characters never felt like live-action. Williams' Dan was supposedly bad for kids, but the setup scenes didn't work. Charlie was supposed to be a womanizer as Travolta used to be, but here he looked like a botox'ed sick freak who should finally come out of the closest.The cameos were, and I can't believe I am stating this, worse than any Adam Sandler ones, the stereotypes were not so-offensive- they're- funny and the conclusion completely unsatisfying. No need to see this, even as tribute to the great comedian.Pick one of his better roles….actually any. I believe, without making a list, this is his worst movie. Even Toys wasn't this bad.RIP Robin. We will miss you. I will miss you.* * *Final thoughts: If you do decide to see this monstrously bad film, at least listen to the How Did This Get Made? podcast. It is one of their best.
dragonbabezee This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I saw it for free on the big screen and I still felt ripped off, and I couldn't walk out because my friend had organised the screening and only five people turned up. So I can say without a doubt that this movie is rubbish right to the end. The jokes were painfully unfunny, often offensive and embarrassing. I don't know what Travolta and Williams thought of this project, whether they knew it was stinking while they filmed it and therefore put no real effort into awful material, or whether they're losing their grip on reality and thought they were doing a good job. I can't feel that children would have thought it any funnier than I did, but I wouldn't show it to them anyway.
BRITT PRENTICE This is one of the WORST films I've ever seen. They "jump the shark" IN EVERY SCENE. Just goes to show that even an all-star cast cannot save a bad script. And it truly is an all-star with Travolta, Robin Williams, Bernie Mack, Rita Wilson, Seth Green, Ann-Margaret, etc. There are so many other family films starring Travolta alone that are better. All the gags they did in the film were cliché and over done. I never thought I'd say this but Robin Williams was terrible. Travolta was blah-never thought I'd say that either. Bernie Mack was so miss-used that you didn't laugh at a single thing he did on screen. And the kids in the film were not cute or lovable enough. Don't waste your time or money on this.