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Old Dogs (2009)

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Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead them to be the temporary guardians of seven year-old twins.

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Yoshiro Nishamura (as Saburo Shimono)
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Riku (as Kevin W. Yamada)
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Charlie and Dan have been best friends and business partners for thirty years and their Manhattan public relations firm is on the verge of a huge business deal with a Japanese company. With two weeks to sew up the contract, Dan gets a surprise; a woman he married on a drunken impulse nearly nine years before (annulled the next day) shows up to tell him he's the father of her twins, now seven, and she'll be in jail for 14 days for a political protest. Dan volunteers to keep the tykes, although he's uptight and clueless. With Charlie's help is there any way they can be dad and uncle, meet the kids' expectations, and still land the account? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sit. Stay. Play Dad. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papás a la fuerza  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,894,511 (USA) (27 November 2009)

Gross:

$49,474,048 (USA) (26 March 2010)
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Bernie Mac's last released film. Soul Men (2008) was released first, but was the last film he made. See more »

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While Charlie and Dan are on the jet to Tokyo, Charlie is eating sushi. At one point he picks a piece off his plate and pops it into his mouth. Then, in a wider shot, you can see the same piece of sushi is still on his plate. See more »

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Charlie: The kids have never seen Friday the 13th, part 1 or 2!
Vicki: Oh, my God!
Dan: He's kidding. He's a kidder. He was scared of The Wizard of Oz. He's kidding. The monkeys got him nuts.
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Referenced in The Reviewers: Shooting Space (2014) See more »

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Mambo No. 5
Written by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Performed by Perez Prado Orchestra (as Perez Prado and His Orchestra)
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., The RCA Record Label, and The RCA/Jive Label Group,
a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Save your money
30 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

You worked hard for your paycheck; which is a lot more than can be said for anybody involved with this movie. Like an old dog that needs a bath, this thing stinks something awful.

Robin Williams and John Travolta have done better. Unfortunately, in this outing, neither delivers. It's not enough to prance into camera view, and call that acting. To label their performances as "phoned in" is being too generous. All they do is mug and mechanically recite lines. "Warm and fuzzy" scenes look contrived and phony, "comical" scenes are about as funny as having your teeth pulled out with a wrench and no anesthesia. And no, even anesthesia won't help you endure this movie.

The "touchy-feely" premise is this: two obnoxious swinging single mid-life-crisis guys, are old friends and business partners. Through some dumb circumstances (one has kids he didn't know about-so original yecch), they wind up with two kids to care for. Idiotic? Yes. Original, no. Interesting; definitely not. Writing is flat, the rest of the cast is flat, the plot is flat, and the director should be banned from making movies ever again. The story goes nowhere, and is never involving. The characters are not likable, and the intended laughs are as sparse as igloos in the Sahara desert. It even stoops to the old groin injury bit: sad.

At least the title makes sense. It's all old stuff. And it's a dog.


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