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Parents' Guide to

Old Dogs

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clueless-dad comedy is forgettable family fluff.

Movie PG 2009 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 8+

Great laughs for the family a robin Williams classic

age 6+

Eh not bad

Seth Green getting whacked in the nuts by a golf ball will never not be funny.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (31 ):

Although there are a few funny gags in Old Dogs, the old-guys-raising-kids premise is tired and predictable. Between the repetitive "grandpa" jokes and slapstick comedy, there's little that audiences haven't seen before (including a scene of Williams' barely clad body). Williams and Travolta are clearly at ease together, but the cast's familiarity with each other (Travolta's entire immediate family is in the film) doesn't make up for the movie's lazy writing and formulaic plot (is there ever really a doubt that Dan will land a new family and the deal of a lifetime?).

Probably the only really memorable part of Old Dogs is seeing the final on-screen performance of late, great comedian Bernie Mac, who plays a genius puppeteer in a small part. Other supporting players (most of whom have too little to do with their comedic talents) include Seth Green, Justin Long, Dax Shepard, and Luis Guzman. A much funnier plot could have centered around Green and Long as Williams' long-lost twins, instead of the movie's not particularly charming child actors....

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