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John Travolta and Robin Williams star in OLD DOGS, the hilarious family comedy that will have you howling. Two best friends 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 clueless bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the children, leading to one debacle after another, with a gorilla and some pecking penguins -- and perhaps to a newfound understanding of what's really important in life. Featuring a riotously funny supporting cast including Seth Green, Kelly Preston, Matt Dillon and Lori Laughlin, OLD DOGS is a laugh-a-minute comedy filled with heart.
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Travolta and Williams play old friends and business partners, no longer in their prime. While Travolta's character refuses to grow up, Williams' refuses to live for anything other than work, having suffered too much heartbreak. Just when it looks like things are looking up, and they are about to close the biggest marketing deal of their lives with a Japanese sporting goods company, Williams' character reconnects with an old flame, discovers he is a father and gets stuck taking care of the kids, and is in over his head. Immediately it's obvious this is going to follow the lines of the classic Hollywood mainstay, the work versus family comedy, where we see all the ways that having a family complicates work, but all the ways that work and money is worthless without family.
The film hits all the usual plot points we've come to know and love from this kind of family flick: the comic misunderstandings; forced and sudden choices between love and money, between company and kids; last minute reconciliations requiring risky road trips and other illegal activities; and surprisingly wise advice coming from the mouths of children, who manage to alternate between annoying and cloying. Add to that some classic old buddy mishaps, cute dog tricks and other funny animal behaviors, some (moderately offensive, probably, to the stereotypical Japanese managers depicted here) cross-cultural confusion humor, and obviously clueless parenting hijinks.Read more ›
Well now we know the story and how worn out it is. What is left? Maybe the actors? Well it was not that bad. However, none of the actors with the exception of Rita Wilson who carried her part well even came up to their potential. O.K at least the scenes at the Zoo kick up the film a notch. However, sight gags does not a story make unless you are Charlie Chaplin.
I only Saw the Blu-ray version so I cannot compare versions. The voice over commentary helps a bit when you see what was trying to be accomplished.
In any event, you have probably seen this story before and in a much better presentation.
They meet and he finds out he is the father of her two children. Through a series of circumstances, Williams agrees to watch his estranged kids for 2 weeks. Travolta aids Williams as they attempt to play dad with disastrous results. The jokes are a bit trite and much of the humor is slap stick. Most adults will find something to enjoy in the film while they watch it with their kids. The theme of the movie is that friends, love, and family are the most important things in life and together we can work through anything.