“Old Dogs” No New Tricks

Genres: Comedy and Kids/Family
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: November 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.

Directed by: Walt Becker

JJ Rating: B-

Charlie (John Travolta) and Dan (Robin Williams) work together in a sports business. Dan finds out he has kids. He doesn’t know what to do with kids, even ones that are his own. Laughter supposedly ensues. Old Dogs.

It’s silly humor that is clean and fun for children. I had a good laugh. I wouldn’t see it again, but if it were on TV I’d go back to the channel every so often just to see those funny parts. It had a very made for TV feel to it even though I felt that it was oddly charming. It wasn’t charming enough to make me believe that it should be a movie for the big screen.

Old Dogs is nothing spectacular and it isn’t die laughing funny. It has a few gags here and there. Houston sort of had some snow and it was freezing so we didn’t want to travel very far and this was showing at the theater nearby; so naturally we’d pick it. I wanted to see Brothers, but that wasn’t playing. This was what I had to settle for. I was entertained, even though the trailers were funnier than the actual movie.

I do think that it could have been a lot better and harder hitting on the humor and still have been PG. But it was just a weak film with some good parts. I like the actors that were involved but they didn’t do much to make it more than just a film that could have worked just as well with actors we did not know. Well maybe with the exception of Seth Green.

Seeing Bernie Mac again did make me feel sad. He’s in there for a few scenes and he’s humorous. I miss him.

Old Dogs is nothing special. If you want to see a simple movie with the kids and don’t want to have to cover their eyes, then this will work. It does have some touching moments between father and children. Overall it does prove one thing: You can’t teach an Old Dog (actor) new tricks. Harrison Ford should take note.

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