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?
It's a good bad... and worth a popcorn matinée. While it's easy to lament what could have been...
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(12%) Since Williams' tragic passing this third rate talent leech is if anything even sadder to watch than ever as it shows Hollywood clearly not knowing at all what to do with such a talented man. The result of which is this shinning example of crass throwaway trash. Travolta is here because he had a gap in his dairy, and there's a big red plane he wants to rent over the summer, so he signed on the dotted line. Why he looks like a creepy wax of himself I'm not too sure. The jokes aren't funny and amount to people getting hit in the gentleman's region with golf balls, or kids messing around with medication that in reality would possibly kill someone. But thankfully this is set in no kind of reality I'm aware of. With birthday parties in zoos and rocket men (yes rocket men) who happily hand over an expensive piece of equipment for a few dollars; the last half hour really is oddly similar to "Jingle all the way", only not as cheesy. Despite the hopeful cast, give this a big miss.
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I haven't seen this movie in a while so quite frankly I'm actually amazed that I remembered anything about it. Old Dogs seemed like it could have some potential as a good comedy but it really just fell flat. The story is that a woman is sent to prison so Charlie Reed (John Travolta) and Dan Rayburn (Robin Williams) have look after her kids. And in it the kids create some wacky trouble. That seriously is the plot of the movie. All the jokes either fell down flat or were just completely stupid. And when you have a comedy like that it's just going to drag on. I like Travolta and Williams but this time it seems both just made a mediocre performance in an even more mediocre film.
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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.
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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.