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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This movie to me was a waste of time in some sense. All the actors really didn't seem like they were into their characters at all. Well maybe the children were over the pure excitement of being in a movie. But John Travolta was kind of old and crazy looking and it was hard to watch him. Robin Williams didn't get to be himself, so he was not entertaining at all. The only real part that had me laughing was a part with Seth Green and a gorilla. There were some side characters like Rita Wilson, Ann-Margret, Matt Dillon and Bernie Mac. But none of them were interesting at all. I just couldn't figure out why they had such a nice cast, but such a weak movie. The story line was just as bad. There were some parts where you had to think to yourself, "how did this happen?" because they never explained got it got from point A to point B. It could of been a lot better. This movie would of never been movie of the year, but it could of least been more entertaining with the cast it had.
I love the 2007 film "Wild Hogs." That film was made by the same director of this one and I could tell from the preview that the humor would be the same. But there’s too much of the same here. I got a few laughs here and there but only because of the actors and not because of the movie or the screenplay. It stars John Travolta, Robin Williams, and Kelly Preston who keep their cool playing these absolutely formulaic characters. The story is dull but luckily the cast somewhat saves it.
My husband and I went to see Old Dogs. tonight, and it was, by far, the funniest movie I have seen in years. It's cute,
tenderhearted and could be viewed by anyone in the family.
There were times that the whole theatre was just roaring!
I can't remember the last time I have laughed so hard! I would give this movie 5 stars for--well, everything about it! Robin and John were wonderful--both their characters and the performances. I loved the story line...I would,
truly recommend this movie to anyone--and before we left the
theater I did--twice!
At The Movies
Old Dogs (PG) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Father’s Day comes a tad early in Old Dogs, the newest comedy release from Walt Disney Pictures trying to connect with audiences at Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12 and Colossus. Brought to us by the same filmmakers who gave us Wild Hogs this mild and tepid comedy tries to exude warmth from a rather messy family situation.
Sports plays a pivotal part to the main characters in this story. Tag team duo Charlie and Dan run a top sports marketing business in the Big Apple. Jerry MaGuire these two just ain’t. Through a few flashbacks we learn early on that Charlie is the more outlandish of the pair while Dan is very laid back and straight-laced.
News that Dan has two children takes him by surprise and sets this 100 minute movie in motion. Terrified of fatherhood Dan meets up with his two children under rather suspicious and contrived circumstances. Like a fish out of water Dan tries to cozy up to the young ones but it seems like a lost cause.
Missed opportunities at starting a family and connecting with children provide the gist to this story. Despite having a top comic in the lead role Old Dogs can’t be classified as a flat-out comedy since there are some underlying “issues” that plague all concerned. Like so many other films that try to do too many things Old Dogs gets “trapped” in not being that funny and not being that serious, ending up in a no man’s land with only mild moments that appeal to audiences in my view.
Time has been kind to the stars of this movie. John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) and Robin Williams (Good Morning Vietnam) still look good but a tired script doesn’t give them that much punch. Seth Green (Austin Powers) and Matt Dillon (Armored) co-star in a story that sees one man conflicted between staying with his “new” family or pursuing a business venture. Midway through the story you know exactly how this movie will turn out which makes it not too eventful.
Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) tries his best to insert youthful moments relating to the kids hoping to find a new dad to bring home but the melancholy nature of the proceedings likely won’t sway too many little ones. Bathroom jokes aside, there isn’t all that much in the humour department also coming across in Old Dogs giving it a rather bland flavour that won’t win over too many hearts. More jokes and being willing to take some chances may have given this movie more impact and, as a result, we’re left with a fairly routine, ordinary comedy featuring two aging superstars who likely have seen better days in front of a camera. Give this film an A for effort but just a C for results as some of the jokes backfire despite a valiant attempt to make people believe. Even a to do list gets only mild acceptance as what could have been funnier exchanges, such as at a zoo or camp ground, come off as being too contrived and not that original or memorable.
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