Old Dogs

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Old Dogs (2009 Movie)

“Old Dogs” is a comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2009. The film was directed by Walt Becker and stars John Travolta and Robin Williams in the lead roles. It also features Kelly Preston, Matt Dillon, Seth Green, and Ella Bleu Travolta.

The story revolves around two best friends and business partners, Charlie Reed (John Travolta) and Dan Rayburn (Robin Williams), who run a successful sports marketing firm. Their lives take an unexpected turn when Dan discovers that he has twin 7-year-old children, Emily (Ella Bleu Travolta) and Zach (Conner Rayburn), from a previous relationship. Their mother, Vicki (Kelly Preston), is about to serve a prison sentence, and she asks Charlie and Dan to take care of the kids while she’s away.

Caught off guard and unprepared for the responsibilities of fatherhood, Charlie and Dan find themselves struggling to balance their hectic work lives with the challenges of raising the kids. Chaos ensues as they embark on a series of misadventures and comical situations, trying to navigate their new roles as caregivers.

Throughout the film, the duo faces various challenges and comedic mishaps, trying to win the affection of the kids and coping with the responsibilities of parenthood. Along the way, they learn valuable life lessons about love, family, and the true meaning of friendship.

“Old Dogs” received mixed reviews from critics but was praised for the chemistry between John Travolta and Robin Williams and their comedic performances. Despite the lukewarm critical reception, the film found success with family audiences and Disney fans.

The film’s heartwarming moments and humorous escapades make it an entertaining choice for a light-hearted family movie night. While “Old Dogs” may not be considered a Disney classic like some of their animated films, it still holds a place in the hearts of those who enjoy family-friendly comedies with a touch of sentimentality.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $96.8 million
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  • John Travolta: Charlie Reed
  • Robin Williams: Daniel “Dan” Rayburn
  • Kelly Preston: Vicki Greer
  • Seth Green: Craig White
  • Lori Loughlin: Amanda
  • Ella Bleu Travolta: Emily Greer
  • Conner Rayburn: Zachary “Zach” Greer
  • Sab Shimono: Yoshiro Nishamura
  • Dax Shepard: Child Proofer Gary
  • Luis Guzmán: Child Proofer Nick
  • Bernie Mac: Jimmy Lunchbox
  • Matt Dillon: Troop Leader Barry
  • Rita Wilson: Jenna
  • Justin Long: Troop Leader Adam
  • Ann-Margret: Martha
  • Laura Allen: Kelly
  • Amy Sedaris: Condo Woman
  • Kevin W. Yamada: Riku
  • Bradley Steven Perry: Soccer Kid
  • Dylan Sprayberry: Soccer Kid
  • Paulo Costanzo: Zoo Maintenance
  • DeRay Davis: Zoo Security Guard
  • Paul Thornton: Restaurant Patron
  • Residente: Tattoo Artist


  • Directors: Walt Becker
  • Producers: Andrew Panay, Robert L. Levy and Peter Abrams
  • Music: John Debney

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