Reviewed by: Misty Wagner
|Featuring||John Travolta (as Charlie), Robin Williams (Dan), Kelly Preston, Conner Rayburn, Ella Bleu Travolta, Lori Loughlin, Seth Green, Bernie Mac, Matt Dillon, Ann-Margret, Rita Wilson, Amy Sedaris, Residente, Saburo Shimono, Kevin W. Yamada, Kevin Dean-Hackett, Laura Allen, Sam Travolta, Margaret Travolta, Nick Loren, Kenneth Maharaj, Nova Mejia, Margaret Goodman, Jerome Weinstein, Allie Woods Jr., Michael Enright, Alexa Havins, Keenan Shimizu, Akira Takayama, Shirô Oishi, Yoshio Mita, Seiji Kakizaki, Keisuke Jim Nagahama, Dominick Riccardi, Costas Panay, Kate Lacey, Denise Violante, Tonia-Marie Gallo, Jin Hwa Hwang, Marcel Becker, Alison Pelletier, Dylan Sprayberry, Joey Pordan, Jason Davies, Alicia Mazepa, Marielys Molina, Charlene Smith, Tera Lee Pollin, Brendan King, Jason Dougherty, Christine Anderson, Kevin Aubin, Crystal Anderson, Erynn Dickerson, Edward Noel, MacNeal John Kennedy, Matt Vogel, Josh Cohen, R. Bruce Connelly, Joe Kovacs|
|Producer||Tapestry Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Peter Abrams, Garrett Grant, Robert L. Levy, Andrew Panay, Brian Robbins|
|Distributor||Walt Disney Pictures|
“Life is not child-proof”
Dan (Robin Williams) and Charlie (John Travolta) have been the best of friends for most of their lives. Seeing each other through childhood and adolescence, they went on to develop an incredibly successful business together, as adults. Charlie stood by, as a friend, while Dan’s marriage fell apart and he tried to pick up the pieces of his life—just as Dan stood by non-judgmentally as Charlie lived the life of a playboy with expensive tastes and many women. Just after Dan’s divorce, Charlie even went as far as to take Dan to Miami, in an attempt to party the sadness out of him and convert Dan to his own careless and free way of living.
Instead, after a tattoo venture gone wrong, Dan met Vicki (Kelly Preston). Believing what they shared was love at first sight, he and Vicki were wed in a quickie chapel, only for Charlie to convince Dan to annul the marriage almost as quickly as it began, and walk away from Vicki forever.
Seven years later, and on the eve of an enormous opportunity for their company, Dan’s second ex-wife Vicki drops in to pay him a visit. Over those past years, Dan has battled himself over whether or not Vicki had actually been the love of his life. Her asking to meet with him, out of the blue, leads him to believe that she feels the same way. The very last thing Dan expects to hear is that he is the father of her 7 year old Twins Zach and Emily.
What follows seems to be one calamity after another, taking each of these men on a journey to becoming much better versions of themselves…
Quality wise, “Old Dogs” is pretty average. There are some instances where special effects are quite unrealistic, but the kids will really get a kick out of it, so it somehow makes it ok. Anymore, I feel like I find myself grimacing more and more when I watch these family genre movies with my kids. “Old Dogs” was refreshing, for me, because that just wasn’t the case. There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments; one can only hope Hollywood will start to see that family geared films don’t have to push so many boundaries to be a hit…
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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