Old Dogs

  • PG
  • Walt Becker (2009)
  • US
  • 84 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

John Travolta reteams with Wild Hogs director Walt Becker and shares top billing with Robin Williams for this ramshackle comedy. The stars play two friends and business partners who suddenly end up babysitting a pair of seven-year-old twins, the product of Williams's one-day marriage years before. In a vain effort to entertain the unlovable sprogs, the pair engage in a torrent of slapstick set-ups that are neither witty nor funny. The sight gags come thick and fast, culminating in a children's entertainer (played by Bernie Mac in his last screen performance) putting the hapless childminders into motion-control puppet suits - and even that apparently golden opportunity is not amusing. There are some eye-catching cameos featuring the likes of Ann-Margret, Kelly Preston (aka Mrs Travolta) and Matt Dillon as an obsessive scout leader, but essentially this comes across as nothing more than a Hollywood in-joke for which "you had to be there".

Plot Summary

Comedy starring John Travolta and Robin Williams. Charlie and Dan are long-time best friends and business partners. When a former one-night stand turns up and informs Dan that he is the father of her twins, he must juggle the responsibilities of parenting with business, as he and Charlie prepare to sew up a new account with a Japanese firm.

Cast and crew

Cast

Charlie
John Travolta
Dan
Robin Williams
Vicki
Kelly Preston
Craig
Seth Green
Emily
Ella Bleu Travolta
Amanda
Lori Loughlin
Zach
Conner Rayburn
Barry
Matt Dillon
Jimmy Lunchbox
Bernie Mac
Jenna
Rita Wilson
Martha
Ann-Margret

Crew

Director
Walt Becker

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Disney
Available on DVD
Released 19 Mar 2010
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Childrens