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Old Dogs (2009)



Critic Consensus: Its cast tries hard, but Old Dogs is a predictable, nearly witless attempt at physical comedy and moral uplift that misses the mark on both counts.

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Two best friends -- one unlucky-in-love divorcee and the other a fun-loving bachelor -- have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of seven-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins, leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a new-found understanding of what's really important in life.

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Bernie Mac
as Jimmy Lunchbox
Amy Sedaris
as Condo Woman
as Tattoo Artist
Sab Shimono
as Yoshiro Nishamura
Kevin Dean-Hackett
as Tijuana Priest
Sam Travolta
as Singing Waiter
Margaret Travolta
as Singing Hostess
Nick Loren
as Singing Waiter 2
Kenneth Maharaj
as Indian Guy
Nova Mejia
as Hot Waitress
Michael Enright
as Singing Waiter 3
Alexa Havins
as Hot Waitress 2
Keenan Shimizu
as Japanese Executive
Akira Takayama
as Japanese Executive
Shiro Oishi
as Japanese Executive
Yoshio Mita
as Japanese Executive
Seiji Kakizaki
as Japanese Executive
Keisuke Jim Nagahama
as Japanese Executive
Costas Panay
as Little Kid
Kate Lacey
as Rayburn & Reed Employee
Denise Violante
as Spanish Lady
Tonia-Marie Gallo
as Lazy Pooch Employee
Jin Hwa Hwang
as Japanese Flight Attendant
Alison Pelletier
as Hot Waitress 3
Dylan Sprayberry
as Cute Soccer Kid
Joey Pordan
as Soccer Kid
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Critic Reviews for Old Dogs

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (40)

The jokes are played painfully safe and not even the fleeting presence of a few a name faces detracts from the sheer inanity of the plot and outright creepiness of the film's central pairing.

March 22, 2010

Both Williams and Travolta mug furiously and the kids need locking up.

March 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5

The pickings are slim going on invisible.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Most repellent is the undercurrent of homophobia, the brutal cultural stereotyping and the fact that Travolta looks like a man wearing a slightly melted rubber John Travolta Hallowe'en mask.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is imbecilic hooey of the rarest breed.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Which is better, a soulless life of work and striving for money, or a joyous embrace of family and kids in all their gorgeous life-affirming messiness?

March 19, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Old Dogs

I really love Old Dogs. Even just on the soul fact that John Travolta and Robin Williams are in a movie together was enough to get my attention, but the result is comic gold. After seeing this around three times for some reason, I still think it's just as funny. Now I can see why this was critically bashed beyond belief and people in general just hate it, but it doesn't affect me in the slightest. I think the reason I find this to be so funny is the fact that it takes middle-aged jokes to the extreme. The pill mix-up thing gets me every time as well as the extra tan session. Then there's the great cameos from Matt Dillon and a redneck Justin Long that really send it over the top.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

I couldn't stop laughing on people getting hit in the nuts by golf balls, but that, at least, is worth a smile. Not so the moment Dan (Robin Williams) enters a tanning booth and - gasp! - ends up turning browner than an M&M thanks to an operational mishap. And when he and Charlie (John Travolta) discuss their complicated regime of pills and their side-effects, you can be sure that within minutes they'll be taking the wrong ones by mistake, leading to all sorts of high jinks. It's light entertainment in the truest sense of the word, being light on both laughs and substance. Williams and Travolta as two lifelong friends and business partners share a remarkably poor chemistry. In the film's favour is that the youngsters, Emily and Zach - the former played by Travolta's real-life daughter, Ella Beau - are likable rather than cloying, Seth Green is, sadly, under-used, and the fact that everyone has to mug so hard for their laughs is an unfortunate consequence of the writing just not being funny enough.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A nice family movie with a little of comedy too. It was a decent story with some heart-felt emotion at the end, of course its Disney... 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?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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