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Hotel for Dogs (2009)

Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel.

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Storyline

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:

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

Gross:

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

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

Quotes

Andi: [police see them where a store was broken into, the thieves just got away] We can't get in trouble again!
Bruce: We didn't do anything.
Andi: You want to tell them that?
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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 »

Connections

References Aquaman (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Without Honor Or Humanity
Written and Performed by Tomoyasu Hotei
Courtesy of EMI Music Japan
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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The dogs were more interesting than the human characters
18 March 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Despite how I did like Hotel for dogs,the human characters were boring.I only liked Andi(Emma Roberts)because she was smart and likable in a mature way,but that was it. The dogs were the show stealers because the scenes with the trick performing and how they lived in a hotel were clever and well performed. What I have gotton tired of is the potty humour because it's been done in so many kids films before that I find it gross and unfunny(for example,a scene with the parents that fell into a dumpster with dog poo by saying "we're in deep doo doo.").

6 stars for the dogs and the female character Andi,but the rest were a waste of time.


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