Old Dogs, no new tricks | Arts & Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST

Old Dogs, no new tricks

At least this unfunny slapstick is nonjudgmental.

Maniacally slapstick, utterly charmless and ultimately unfunny, Old Dogs is devoid of merit but slightly unique in PG entertainment. John Travolta and Robin Williams play aging bachelor sports-marketing magnates and co-dependent male BFFs who find their sleek lives up-ended when Williams discovers he has children.

When "family" films often boast that old saw about the supposed inability to enjoy both a family and a career, Old Dogs is surprisingly non-judgmental about the characters' jet-set lifestyle. Yes, there is the obligatory board-meeting/birthday party crisis, but Old Dogs never declares that you can't enjoy the perks of both fatherhood and business. Interesting, but that doesn't mean that I liked it!

Old Dogs is not showing in any theaters in the area.

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