Old Dogs (2009)
Length: 88 minutes
Release date: November 25th, 2009
Directed by: Walt Becker
Genre: Comedy/ Family
Cast: Full Cast
Official Website: Disney’s “Old Dogs”
Disney’s 2009 “Old Dogs” stars two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, John Travolta (Grease) and Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire), along with an exceptional cast of Kelly Preston, Seth Green, Bernie Mac, and Matt Dillon. The film starts out with introducing the two bachelors Robin Williams (Dan) and John Travolta (Charlie) who run a successful sports marketing company. It begins with Charlie re-telling Dan’s marriage days and how he rescued him by taking him to Miami Beach. There Dan got a tattoo across his chest. Charlie wanted it to say “free man” while it ended up being “Freemont.”
Going on with an impulsive streak Dan and Charlie find attractive women on the beach. Dan being drunk decides it would be a good idea to marry Kelly Preston (Vicki). After a quick marriage Dan ends up getting divorced for the second time in a 24 hour period. Seven years later Vicki calls Dan up and wants to meet with him. Dan still in love with Vicki prepares for their outing by getting a fake tan that ends up orange. When meeting with Vicki, Dan finds out that she has two twins that are his. Almost falling over, Dan agrees to take care of them while she does jail time.
Dan stranded with two kids he barely knows goes to Charlie for help. He asks him if he and the kids can stay with him in his apartment while Vicki does jail time. Charlie furious with the idea finally agrees to it when Dan suckers him in by saying he doesn’t know where to begin when taking care of kids. While watching the kids for two weeks Dan and Charlie stumble in their efforts to take care of the children leading from one catastrophe to another. From a camping trip gone wrong to child proofing Charlie’s apartment these bachelors realize that family is the most important thing no matter what.
Overall the entire movie is entertaining. It makes you chuckle when Robin Williams and John Travolta put dirt on their face before a Frisbee match only to later learn that the dirt is bear feces. The film also gives some chuckles when Robin has to dress up in a Kings Outfit to play with his daughter. This is where the slapstick comedy shines through in the movie because Robin is shocked in his pants with electric bolts controlled by Bernie Mac (Jonny Lunchbox). Travolta gets into the comedy as well with the series of events involving him and another man’s wife during the camping trip. Travolta gets accused of taking another man’s women when reality he never touched a woman. With all of the comical acting from Travolta and Williams there is nothing comparable. This film puts serious out of the question. Every moment there is humor that will keep you laughing from the beginning to the end.
This film is the classic Disney movie where it’s family oriented, humorous beyond belief, and puts the realization into living. It has the typical entertaining lines, sad and happy moments that families have, and the perfect songs that relate directly to the movie by Bryan Adams and Life House. Nothing is funnier than Robin Williams, John Travolta, and Seth Green running from a Gorilla and being pecked by penguins. These dangerous efforts make the realization that families will do anything for each other and nothing can separate them, even a zoo full of wild animals.
“Old Dogs” marks the first screen debut for Ella Bleu Travolta and the first screen debut for the Travolta family acting as a whole. Combined all three actors play central roles in the movie. Kelly Preston the wife of John Travolta in real life plays the wife of Robin Williams in “Old Dogs.” In moviefone unscripted Travolta tells how he didn’t like seeing Kelly making love to previous co-stars Tom Cruise and Kevin Costner. “Thank God for Robin” in “Old Dogs.”
Also cast members not making their debut but adding comical lines to the film are Bernie Mac (the children’s entertainer), Conner Rayburn (son of Dan), Seth Green (Dan and Charlie’s right hand man), and Matt Dillon (the camp counselor). With this supporting cast the film is outstanding. Seth Green and Robin Williams tell Hollywood Dailies of their bonding with the Gorilla in “Old Dogs.” Altogether this is a must see film with two of the best comical actors and a great supporting cast that will keep you laughing over and over again.
Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 stars