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Hotel for Dogs (2009)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  16 January 2009 (USA)
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Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel.

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Animals are strictly forbidden at Andi and her little brother Bruce's foster home. But for Friday, the adorable dog they secretly care for, they're ready to risk everything. They finally find him an ideal shelter, a huge abandoned hotel that Bruce transforms thanks to his engineering genius. In what has become an incredible paradise for dogs, Friday is soon joined by all kinds of furry friends, so many in fact that their barks alert the neighbors...and the local pound, who can't understand the disappearance of all the stray dogs. Andi and Bruce will have to call on all their friends and all their imagination to stop the hotel's secret from being discovered. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Taglines:

Bienvenue aux chiens perdus! (Welcome to the lost dogs!) See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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16 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Hotel para perros  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,012,212 (USA) (16 January 2009)

Gross:

$73,023,275 (USA) (22 May 2009)
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Nearly 70 dogs were used for the making of this motion picture, many of which were actually rescued from the pound. Several of them were adopted by crew members after filming wrapped. See more »

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When Bruce first checks in Henry near the beginning of the movie, he writes Henry's name in green (at around 4 minutes) following Friday's name inscribed in a heart. Later when Bernie is reading from the check-in book, Henry's name is in red (at around 27 minutes) and follows Cooper. See more »

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Bernie: You sold a guy a rock in a box for $20.
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The credits are accompanied by clips and stills of the cast and crew with their pets (mostly dogs, but at least one cat and a snake). See more »

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Not a Dog :-)
19 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Saw a preview of Hotel For Dogs with my wife and kids (4&7 year old boys) last weekend and I have to say we all thoroughly enjoyed this film. In fact I would have to say it is the best live-action kids film I've seen in years. Sure, as an adult you'll be able to see predictable plot devices coming at you from around every corner, but the movie is so likable, well acted and well directed that you just don't care. There are holes in the story and the whole movie is one big implausibility but it just doesn't matter. Hotel for Dogs will be the first big hit of 2009. It's a great family film that 4-12 year olds are just going to eat up.


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