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Old Dogs
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03.17.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
Old Dogs order
Director:
Walt Becker

Actors:
Robin Williams
John Travolta
Kelly Preston

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two best friends and business partners (with zero parenting skills) are about to sign the deal of a lifetime, when a blast from one guyís past comes back into his life and drops a bombshell: he has two kids and she wants him to look after them for a couple weeks.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Disney seems to have a lot of hands in a lot of pies lately as every second movie Iím either reviewing or watching a trailer for is from them. With that in mind, I caught the trailer for OLD DOGS awhile back and admittedly chuckled a couple times. Iím not into ďfamily fun night at the moviesĒ, but if I were, OLD DOGS would be just the film I was looking for.

This flick isnít ground breaking in its storyline as Iíve seen this tale play out many times before (and though I hate myself for saying this, one of the better times was in THE GAME PLAN with The Rock). The reluctant father approach is worn out, but then again, so are most approaches these days so that wasnít really a problem. I donít recall Travolta and Williams teaming up before, but their chemistry was phenomenal, so much so that the best parts of the film were found in their bantering and scheming. It felt a little odd seeing Travolta play alongside his wife, who ends up being his best friendís girl, but they rolled with it rather well. Seth Green continues to die a slow and painful death here, but (brief as it was) I was happy to see a hilarious cameo from Justin Long.

The tone and jokes for this film were indeed family oriented, but I think they could have done a little better with them. The pills mix up was remotely funny the first time (could have done without the Joker face impersonations though), but they end up killing the mood by the end of it all. My only other negative observation here is that this thing is totally by the numbers when it comes to plot, everyone from youíre ninety year old grandma to your five year old nephew will know exactly how this film plays out from start to finish. In this case, I didnít mind all that much, but most of the time I really do hate predictability this blatant.

OLD DOGS is exactly what I thought and you think it is: another family Disney title where great actors and actresses of yesteryears go to die. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that if youíre along for the family fun ride, but for me, I was hard to watch Travolta and Williams go out like this. Especially after watching Williamsí recent stand up show and of course watching Travolta turn up the heat in THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123. Both Travolta and Williams have gone this route before, with Williams bouncing back and forth, but for Travolta this feels like a dramatic step backward as this reminds me of his awful LOOK WHOíS TALKING days (shudder).
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Walt Becker (wonder why Disney chose him) and producer Andrew Panay join writers David Diamond and David Weissman for a bland commentary that could have been so much cooler and a lot funnier had Williams and Travolta been added to the ranks.

Bloopers: A quick two and a half minutes of outtakes that are truly a riot. You canít go wrong with Robin Williams acting a fool, too bad the rest of the movie wasnít this funny.

Deleted Scenes: Three minutes, three scenes and itís a damn shame the cavity search bit didnít make it because it was pretty funny.

Music Video: We get two videos: ďYouíve been a friend to meĒ and ďEvery little stepĒ. Sure, they fit the film but the videos are nothing special.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers, a Blu-ray commercial, some BD-LIVE content and this three disc set also comes with a DVD copy of the film as was as a DIGITAL COPY.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As far as family flicks go this one delivers about as well as youíd expect. I laughed a couple times and my girl loved it, so even though this isnít the kind of film Iím into, I canít say itís not without merit. And with a three disc package like this one, itís also a solid buy for any family household but not so much for the rest of us.
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