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Movie Review: Old Dogs

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago

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Written 11/25/09

Wow – this film has nothing going for it… really! I mean there might be a smirk here and there, but Jesus H. Christ of Ladder Day Saints, what the hell was the purpose of this film. I generally enjoy Travolta’s work and the same goes for Williams, but I think the only thing this piece had going for it was the trailer and perhaps Seth Green. That’s it! I’ve never sat through such a bore-fest of a “comedy” before and barely cracked a chuckle. Aren’t comedies supposed to make you laugh and feel energetic and spunky… well, if that’s what this one was aiming for; it didn’t reach that level. I mean even with cameos from Matt Dillon and Bernie Mac (who wasn’t at all funny and may his soul RIP) didn’t help it a bit either. It was pushed to levels where it was supposed to be a bit awkward and “edgy,” but it wasn’t. Maybe Disney’s name stopped it from entering a realm of humor pertaining to adults, and I can understand that… but I don’t even think kids would find this funny. At least with other Disney comedies like The Game Plan for example had something for everyone, this one here just plainly drifted away into an unknown region where it left me wondering who exactly this film was made for….

Old Dogs makes a mocker out of Travolta and Williams I feel and also let’s go of anything original as this story’s been done over and over again. I know Hollywood’s lacking creativity as the last year has been nothing but book adaptations and remakes and perhaps idiotic shows like John & Kate plus 8, but I really think they need to get their act together because having huge names linked to bombs like this one can only dig their burial holes even deeper. It’s beyond me how this will do at the box office. I’m sure it’ll generate something due to its trailer (which again was okay and somewhat funny), but do I see this one being a winner…? Nope! Not at all… movie goers have a far more level of intelligence than others care to believe and this will hurt everyone come the next version of this film with two other A-listers… of which will wind up being nothing more than a waste of money, oxygen, time due to traffic jams (Some of this was shot in NYC) and people like myself just unleashing as I’m doing now. To each his own of course, but damn, what a drought this was.

Two best friends -- one unlucky-in-love divorcee (Williams) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (Travolta) -- have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of 7-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.

Overall a film I guess one can spend time with if there isn’t anything else on the agenda, but I really wouldn’t recommend this to anyone looking for a laugh. No substance whatsoever and its pretty much dorky rather than funny.

If I had to sum it up… Old Dogs resembles what I flushed last night before I hit the shower and went to bed.

I’m out!



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