Older Dogs is finally here, and I am thrilled to report this much anticipated sequel is even better than the original Old Dogs. Disney has devised a brilliant way to produce the sequel to Old Dogs that we all deserve even though the original leads (John Travolta and Robin Williams) are now dead: hire critically acclaimed auteur filmmaker Zach Braff to reboot the franchise with an all new cast. The result is one of the funniest and most heartwarming family movies of the year so far.
After giving up their careers to become full-time dads at the end of Old Dogs, Dan Rayburn (Alan Arkin, replacing Robin Williams) and Charlie Reed (Michael Caine, replacing John Travolta) find themselves in serious debt with no reliable source of income to pay it off. So when they reconnect with Terrence Jefferson (Morgan Freeman), their old jailbird buddy from the old days who just got out prison, the best friends decide to turn to a life of crime.
Dan, Charlie and Terrence must coerce their now grown children to help pull off a series of daring heists that will yield them millions. “You’ve got help us old dogs out one last time, ok kids?” Dan asks his frightened daughter and son in one especially poignant moment. Older Dogs is full of laughs and good times, but it’s the heartfelt relationships between the dogs and their families that really make this movie worth seeing.
The best part about Older Dogs is seeing legendary movie stars suit up again for some family-friendly fun. I love that no matter how much great actors age, they never lose their touch. Disney should be proud of their continuing effort to offer starring roles to some of the finest talents to ever grace the silver screen. Who says a movie can’t be great just because it’s about a few very old(er) dogs?
TL;DR – Older Dogs is a fitting tribute to the lives and careers of John Travolta and Robin Williams.
What the rest of the critics are saying:
“Older Dogs is witless, charmless, and creepy. Every moment of it made my skin crawl.” – Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed
“A worthy edition to the ‘old dog’ subgenre of caper comedies.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“The supporting cast of younger female love interests (Kelly Preston, Angie Harmon, Brooklyn Decker) seemed very uncomfortable being pawed at by the very over the hill stars of the movie.” – Ichro Faisyal, Los Angeles Times
“Older Dogs is a triumphant return to form for director Zach Braff.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“I don’t know if it was a remake, reboot, or sequel but whatever it was I loved it!” – Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
“Older Dogs is shit in my mouth.” – Nathaneal However, Guernica Magazine
“If it is possible for a movie to be more pointless and horrifying than Older Dogs, I’d really like to see it.” – Nathan Rabin, NPR
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