Movie Review: Old Dogs

Movie Review: Old Dogs

Old Dogs

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PG for some mild rude humor.
Running Time: 1 hour 28 minutes

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. Making it even more interesting, they’re on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives! The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble their way through the care of the twins, leading to one debacle after another.

But in the end, they also make a discovery
of what’s really important in life.

A Refreshing Twist To On Old Theme

From the director of Wild Hogs, Walt Becker, comes another fun movie starring John Travolta along with Robin Williams. This time around, instead of being saddled with motorcycles, Travolta and his side-kick Williams, find themselves saddled with twins! Robin Williams, who plays the character of Dan, says this is the first time he’s ever worked with John Travolta, who plays Charlie. I found that hard to believe since these two have been in the entertainment business for so long. It’s also amazing that this is the first time the pair have worked together after watching Old Dogs.

They look like they’ve worked together for years!

The chemistry between Travolta and Williams is wonderful to watch unfold on the big screen. But, it’s a little odd to see Robin Williams play the straight-man instead of the main funny-man. He does this very well and it’s probably one of the aspects of this movie which makes it a refreshing flick to see.

While the storyline has been done over and over again – adult single man discovers he’s a parent – the genius of this movie is in the fact that John Travolta plays the funny man, while Robin Williams is his straight-man. I believe this also shows an amazing maturity in Robin Williams. In his early days whenever you had Robin Williams involved in something, it turned into the “All Robin Williams show”. He’s an incredible comic and a great actor. But, he always seemed to burst onto the big screen larger than life. Anyone else involved in a project became background scenery as Williams hogged each scene.

Such is not the case in Old Dogs.

We also need to give kudos to newcomers Ella Blue Travolta and Conner Rayburn. They play the twins in this movie and are simply wonderful. For newcomers, you would never know it. Of course Ella Blue has been around acting all her life. The fact that both her dad and mother, Kelly Preston who plays Vicki, are also involved probably helped add to her sense of calm. The late Bernie Mac makes a quick appearance in Old Dogs too. As a bit part actor, he shines. He died too early, but at least his performance in this movie isn’t an embarrassment. It really becomes a great part, Jimmy Lunchbox, to remember the late Mac by.

An Hilariously Funny Movie!

Heading into the screening of Old Dogs we really weren’t sure what to expect. The trailers make it look like a very funny movie. Robin Williams and John Travolta are usually a good box office draw. But, we weren’t sure if this was simply going to be a re-hashed Wild Hogs since it’s also directed by Walt Becker. Then, add in the fact that, as mentioned above, this is really just a new twist to an old story, we wondered if we would see anything new. So, as you can tell, we went into the movie with some pre-conceived notions.

But, any concerns we had were gone after about 10 minutes!

Old Dogs is a funny movie! Yes it’s true. Some of the scenarios are simply a rehash of old scenes from similar flicks of this genre. However, even after saying that, we must applaud the writers for working for some good and funny humor here! For the most part, the humor found in Old Dogs is funny, creative and new!

Overall, Old Dogs is a great way to spend an hour and a half. In what seems to be an ocean of big screen long and verbose movies, it’s nice to finally find a fun movie, that doesn’t force you to run to the bathroom before it’s over because it’s too long. I did look at my watch once, but it wasn’t because I was bored. I was merely interested in “Where we were” in the movie. It’s also worth noting that Old Dogs isn’t simply a “turn-your-mind-off-and-laugh” type of movie. While the laughs are present, along the way there’s some great messages of what kids are looking for – A superhero who’s not really a superhero. Instead, they’re looking for a Dad to protect them – Someone to take them to camp and teach them how to ride a bike – and most importantly – the importance of family and keeping priorities straight.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.