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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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Life is Not Child-Proof 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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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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The film is dedicated to both Bernie Mac and Jett Travolta, John Travolta and Kelly Preston's eldest son who died unexpectedly earlier in 2009. See more »

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Barry the Scoutmaster is wearing RAF Pilot Wings on his scout uniform. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: You crying, man?
Jimmy Lunchbox: [holding back tears] I ain't cryin'!
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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.50 (2009) See more »

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Big Girls Don't Cry
Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio (as Robert Gaudio)
Performed by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Courtesy of Four Seasons Partnership Limited
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV 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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