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Old Dogs Movie Review

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Friday was not a good day, and I blame Disney. Instead of partying my friends, I chose to watch Alice in Wonderland and Old Dogs, the latter of which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Both movies are terrible, and the few beers I had between viewings weren't enough.

Old Dogs was one of those movies that I heard was bad, but was morbidly curious enough to watch anyway. The movie stars Robin Williams and John Travolta as two single men who find their lives turned upside down when Williams has to take care of his estranged kids for two weeks. As one might expect from a Disney movie, what starts off as torture turns into a family bonding experience.

For the characters, that is. For the audience, the torture persists throughout.

Old Dogs will appeal to boys the ages of nine and ten, other than the fact that much of the movie's humor is focused on how old the two leads are. Do ten-year olds even know or care who Robin Williams and John Travolta are? This is the big problem with the movie: the concept is aimed at an older target audience, and yet the humor is completely off-putting for anyone with a fully developed brain.

Most of the jokes rely on tried and true comedic gags such as the leads repeatedly cracking their backs, everyone thinking they're grandpas, their pills getting switched to absurd side effects, Seth Green getting molested by an ape and Robin Williams getting trapped in a spray-on tanning machine. Yes, the jokes are just as unfunny as they sound.

Old Dogs manages to evoke one or two chuckles, but for the most part it remains flat lined from beginning to end. Travolta and Williams practically phone in their performances; they're clearly collecting paychecks and have no interest in the movie itself.

The Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo does little to entice, either, as it includes audio commentary, a couple of music videos, bloopers and some deleted scenes (the whole movie should have been deleted). Old Dogs is so bad I'm not even going to bother coming up with a clever play on the title to wrap this review up.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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