Excerpt: Old Dogs is one of the funniest family friendly movies I have seen all year. Okay so many the year is not very long in the tooth yet, but still this is one funny movie. Robin Williams and John Travolta are two older bachelors on the cusp of making their biggest business deal. Robin Williams realizes how lonely he is, and contacts his ex-wife. She springs a major surprise on him - he is a father of twins. His children are seven years old.
Excerpt: The Film How Old Dogs didn't dominate this year's Razzie Awards is beyond us. We'd rather have a weekend of being force fed All About Steve a la A Clockwork Orange than have watch this horrible movie again. Still interested? It's hard not to be. It's a family comedy with plenty of big names -- ones you've actually heard before. That's pretty much where the fun begins and ends.
Excerpt: For a movie as painfully unfunny as Old Dogs , it sure does want to move quickly to the next bomb. It doesn’t even deliver a punch line before it seems satisfied with dropping all of the build-up. Robin Williams plays Dan, taking his children to a camp, where he inadvertently shoots the head off a statue. That statue is of Barry’s (Matt Dillion) father.
Excerpt: I've seen a lot of terrible, juvenile movies this year-- a lot , trust me-- and yet none of them really earned the description "horrifying" the way Old Dogs does. It's not just that it stars Robin Williams and John Travolta, two actors who we know are capable of better, or that it relies on people getting hit in the crotch or pulling ridiculous faces for about 90% of its humor.
Excerpt: Making a movie aimed at kids gives filmmakers license for a lot of things: butt jokes and poop jokes, of course—you can’t have one without the other—but also reaction shots of cute animals and montage sequence after montage sequence. But it’s one thing to make a movie with simpler tastes in mind, and another to make one insulting even to half-formed little brains.
Summary: You won’t learn any new comic tricks from this mangy old storyline and toothless brand of humour. Canine metaphors aside, Old Dogs is a bland effort that draws groans more often than it does laughs. Slapstick physical gags occasionally hit the mark, but often fall flat with jokes you’ve seen a hundred times before with better results.