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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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Most dogs were trained for two to three months, while the main dogs' training lasted nearly sixteen weeks. (about four month) See more »

Goofs

In a close-up, Bruce puts kibbles on a floor switch panel (around 43:02) to entice Romeo to step onto it, but when the camera cuts to a longer shot of Romeo, there are no kibbles on the panel. 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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A good laugh for the kids
2 March 2009 | by (Maastricht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A brother and sister live with their umpteenth set of foster parents. They hide their pet - a small dog - because the foster parents don't want to know about it. When the dog runs away they follow it and find their way into an old abandoned building. To their surprise it is not completely abandoned but actually lived in by a number of dogs. Soon after that an idea comes to life.

And from there the story rolls on in a typical Disney style children's film where evil is evil and good is good and anything else is easily forgotten. As as adult I wasn't overly impressed with the film but the kid I took to see it loved it - and that's good. The target audience for the film must be kids in the age range 6 to 12 or so. The things that happen are fun to watch (at least the very most of the time) and although the acting capabilities of the younger players leaves something to be desired it is not bad enough to turn the film into a complete waste of tape.

All in all, it features a good number of laughs, a few tear drops and surely a lot of hard work - and a cast that is clearly liking to play the roles they were cast for.

5 out of 10 dogs barking in the night


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