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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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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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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel para perros  »

Box Office

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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Trivia

The novel upon which this movie is based was first published in 1971. See more »

Goofs

After taking dogs from an Animal Control truck, Mark, Andi, Bruce, Dave and Heather are shown (at around 48:41) in the alley by the hotel walking abreast toward the camera with dogs in their arms and on leashes. There are 8 cuts (9 shots) from 48:41 to 48:52 with many changes the specific dog(s) each kid controls and with Mark switching from the left side of the screen to the right and then back. See more »

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Bruce: If you look at it, dogs have three basic needs. That's- that's eatting, sleeping, peeing and pooping.
Andi: That's four.
Bruce: No, I think peeing and pooping is one.
Heather: Uh, I've stepped in both and I have to disagree.
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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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Referenced in Nurse Jackie: Pill-O-Matix (2009) See more »

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Born To Be Wild
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Performed by Steppenwolf
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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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