'Old Dogs - 3 Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack'
(Robin Williams, John Travolta, et al / 3-Disc Blu Ray+DVD / PG / (2009) 2010 / Disney)
Overview: Two best friends have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of seven-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The clueless bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the children, leading to one debacle after another, with a gorilla and some pecking penguins!
Blu Ray+DVD Verdict: Not your blockbuster comedy, but one gag dealing with a shooting accident left me laughing till my face hurt. Almost as big a laugh as years ago in "Animal House" when I literally slid out of my theater seat.
Robin Williams (Dan) leads the laughs with John Travolta (Charlie) assisting. The pair are marketing giants with the opportunity of a lifetime through sports marketing with a Japanese firm. The film depiction of Japanese businessmen is so unflattering that it will likely have a consequence with USA trade agreements in the future.
In the meantime, Dan's ex, Vicki (Kelly Preston-John Travolta's real wife) whom he'd like a second chance with, arrives and after an auto trunk accident funny enough to spew theater drink through nostrils, he accepts the assignment of babysitting his twin children, age 7, that he didn't know he fathered, while his ex is behind bars for chaining herself to a bulldozer and other social inappropriateness. All that's in the dull part.
The kids Zach & Emily (Ella Bleu Travolta-yes, J.T. real kid) make for the funny, slap-stick, get-your-belly-jiggling-humor because Dan has to move in with the kids with Charlie and neither know how to deal with kids. They try, and thus comes the calamity comedy. Their intern-level marketer employee (Seth Green) also gets into the act and has one of the funniest scenes of the film dealing with an amorous gorilla (not a spoiler since this scene has been used extensively as a marketing preview.)
If you enjoy Robin Williams and John Travolta and like family stories, this could be a good film for you, but do not be surprised that it's not up to either Williams or Travolta on their own. [HW] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with Special Features of:
Exclusive To Disney Combo Pack: Young Dogs Learn Old Tricks
Exclusive To Disney Combo Pack: Music Video You've Been A Friend To Me Performed By Bryan Adams
Music Video - 'Every Little Step' Performed By John Travolta And Ella Bleu Travolta
Audio Commentary By Director Walt Becker, Producer Andrew Panay And Writers David Diamond And David Weissman
DVD Feature Film Plus Bonus, Digital Copy Of Feature Film