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Old Dogs

  • Rated PG


John Travolta and Robin Williams star in Old Dogs, the hilarious family comedy that will have you howling.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Clueless-dad comedy is forgettable family fluff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Robin Williams/John Travolta family comedy from the director of Wild Hogs includes lots of sight gags and physical humor, as well as jokey references to relationships and the "birds and the bees," but it's generally family friendly. Although there's no overt sexuality aside from some flirting and a kiss between adult characters, older kids will surely understand that a central couple consummated their marriage, as short-lived as it was. The wedding night in question also includes a scene of the main characters drinking huge cocktails, and it's obvious that they're comically drunk. There's no serious violence, but characters frequently fall and/or are injured in comic ways.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about the importance of family relationships. What do characters learn about choosing between family and business obligations?
  • Is Dan's reaction to the news that he's a father believable? How are older fathers portrayed in the movie? Are the grandpa and senior-citizen jokes funny or repetitive?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Those expecting new tricks or even vaguely inventive laughs from Old Dogs or its two waning stars should heed the obvious cliche.

- Giles Hardie,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Featuring a mixed-up-medication gag, a guy-in-a-gorilla-suit gag and a suntan-gone-wrong gag...well, you begin to understand the level of inspiration that went into the execution of the film.

- Simon Foster,, Monday, August 9, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

This sucks, it's not even funny.

- citawijaya, Monday, July 26, 2010

3 stars

okay, i know i like "bad" movies. but i can safely say i didn't care too much about this one. i thought Wild Hogs was better. but this one had some parts where i laughed till i had actual tears. it was pretty heart warming too. i wouldn't say don't watch it, but if you should find yourself with it on, you won't hate it.

- theylovealexis, Thursday, July 8, 2010

1 star

John Travolta has always been highly overrated throughout his entire career. Remember when he almost vanished from the movie screens in the 80's? Then there's Robin Williams, one of the funniest actors ever. But after winning the Oscar for his great performance in 'Good Will Hunting', back in '97, his career has gone downwards. It's a shame, but what can you do when the scripts you get are mostly crap? Ask Robert De Niro, for instance... So we do have two "old dogs" of the entertainment business together in a comedy. But what could have been somewhat entertaining and funny, turns out to be one of the worst comedies I've ever seen. I'm not going that much in to the story, all of you can read the synopsis, but this I can say... 'Old Dogs' is nothing but a clich filled movie that doesn't deliver. I can honestly say that I did not laugh in the movie. Not because of the two leads but because of Seth Green, who is in fact the opposite to Travolta, highly underrated (as a comedian). Seth Green delivers the laughs but it's not because of something new and brilliant that we witness on the screen, but because of the way that he does it. But even these laughs are too few to even mention. After this film, Travolta is even worse in my books and I really think that he should take a break from acting and hope for another 'Look Who's Talking' sequel. A mediocre film that happened to save his career. Robin Williams should keep on entertaining but for the love of something, read the script first and don't accept every shitty movie you've been offered! Save your money and go out on the streets to look at real actual old dogs. The ones with four legs. As a dog person, I can say that looking at an old "yeller" taking a crap has more entertainment value than 'Old Dogs'.

- TheMachinist, Friday, May 7, 2010