“Old Dogs” is a cute little movie with a lot of silliness and a
heart-warming ending. It
features a couple of A-list veteran
stars, John Travolta and Robin Williams, who play business partners for 30
years, in a sports promotion venture. Travolta’s
the “people person,” the back-slapping glad-hander who’s quick with a
joke and a funny story to lighten the mood, then comes Williams, playing the
techno-nerd with all the number-crunching and substantive presentation.
Works like a charm. They’ve
also led charmed, but self-centered, personal lives.
Neither has ever married, and neither has had children, leaving them
to concentrate on their business partnership, which has prospered greatly
under their combined efforts. Now,
however, they are nearing completion of their biggest deal ever, with a
Japanese firm, and it’s really important that they remain focused and
undistracted, which, of course, is precisely when everything breaks down.
It all starts when Travolta decides that Williams is a little too
uptight, and needs some fun, so he takes him on a cavorting weekend in
. But the consequences of that
“let-your-hair-down” outing now result in the comic disruption of their
heretofore quiet little social lives. To
recount all the surprises would be to give away the plot, but it’s
presented like a series of “what could possibly go wrong next?”
And, of course, you never want to ask that question, because you
might find out.
The mood is lighthearted, the pratfalls are many, the comedic
situation sometimes descending to absurdity, but there’s a
good-heartedness to it all that feels like good, clean fun.
It won’t win any Oscars for dramatic performance.
But this is one that the whole family can enjoy, even the Old Dogs,
who will laugh at the antics on screen despite themselves.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace