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Hotel for Dogs (2009)

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

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Hotel para perros  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,500,298 (UK) (13 February 2009)

Gross:

$73,023,275 (USA) (22 May 2009)
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Special effects coordinator Michael Lantieri found the making of the ball-throwing machine particularly challenging due to the many settings that had to be calculated and adjusted, such as the ball's weight, the synchronization between the hand's movement and the moment when the ball is thrown, etc... See more »

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When Friday smells the man eating the hot dog, the hot dog does not have ketchup on it. But, when Friday is watching the man eat the hot dog, the hot dog has ketchup. See more »

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Referenced in A Home for Everyone: The Making of 'Hotel for Dogs' (2009) See more »

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Born To Be Wild
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The dogs were amusing, the people less so
11 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw a preview of this film with kids 6, 7 and 12. We are a dog-loving family, so perhaps we were biased to enjoy the film. That said, we were split on our review. The adults and 12 year old were bored; the two youngsters were thrilled! Hence the score of 6.

Overall, this was a harmless movie featuring a few humans and many trained dogs. It was sugary and nice - there was no real threat anywhere in the film of something bad happening (thus it is kid-safe for very young kids). And they've reduced the idea of foster homes down to a concocted McNugget of a concept. My younger kids didn't even follow that theme at all.

What they did follow, and what I found most redeeming, were the numerous cutesy dog tricks and toys. The creators of the film did a nice job inventing clever ways to mechanize the caring for dogs (think the breakfast scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). That was fun. And the dogs were cute.

For me the drawbacks were these: Slow start, unfunny 'comic' characters

  • like the foster parents and dog catchers, and a lame plot.




But ultimately - we had a nice outing, and you will too. And you will emerge from the film MORE likely to go get a dog of your own.


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