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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Officer Mike (as Maximiliano Hernandez)


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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No stray gets turned away See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel para perros  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$73,023,275 (USA) (22 May 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nearly eighty boys auditioned for the role of Bruce before Jake T. Austin was chosen. See more »


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 »


Bernie: You sold a guy a rock in a box for $20.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Into Action
Written & Performed by Tim Armstrong
Courtesy of Hellcat Records
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I'm 20 & I'm honestly surprised that I liked 'Hotel For Dogs'..!
6 April 2010 | by (BangaLore) – See all my reviews

Usually, I don't like films which have real dogs in them. But, Hotel For Dogs came as a real surprise to me. Of course, the plot is predictable, but the actors & the adorable dogs brought this movie some heart. I don't understand the low rating. This movie was made for kids, not for adults, so you shouldn't have expected anything more than the predictable dialogues & happy ending.

Andi (Emma Roberts) & Bruce (Jake. T. Austin) are two siblings who have lost their parents & are living in foster homes & the adults in that home are very annoying. One day their dog, Friday goes into an abandoned old hotel & it spends the night there. Somehow, the kids want a real family & they start rescuing dogs from all over the place to help the dogs avoid the pound with the help of their friends, Dave, Heather & Mark. They get into all kinds of trouble with the law.

I was babysitting the other day & my little cousin wanted to watch this as soon as he heard it had dogs in them (he's 8 & very cute) & so I had to watch it along with him as no one else wanted to spend time on this with him & I like him (he has two elder sisters & they wouldn't see this, nor babysit him). This is a very fun family film. The acting was good, the dogs were awesome & the contraptions to help the dogs enjoy was cool. Seeing this as he enjoyed really made it good for me. The plot had lot of holes in it; like where did they get the money to feed so many dogs when they couldn't even pay for food for their first dog? And how could they build the hotel for the dogs without the owner's permission & is it really OK to break the law as long as you do it for the cute dogs? This is a kids fantasy after all & I let go of these problems.

Lisa Kudrow (from the awesome show 'Friends') really didn't do much in this. Then again, the kids & dogs are the main attraction. Emma Roberts is a girl I loved in Nancy Drew (I was a huge fan of Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew during my teens, still am I suppose) & here also I liked her. The other kids were also OK. I'm a huge fan of Prison Break & did anyone notice Mark was eerily similar with his dialogue delivery & personality to a character in the TV show? If he is not his son, then its weird.


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