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Hotel for Dogs (2009)

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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Who let the dogs in? 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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16 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Hotel para perros  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

NZD 164,740 (New Zealand) (18 January 2009)

Gross:

$73,034,460 (USA)
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Trivia

The setting of the movie takes place in CENTRAL CITY. Central City is the hometown of THE FLASH. See more »

Goofs

At the party, a drink is spilled only down the front of Andi's dress (at around 01:02:00). When she returns to the hotel, the stain is all over the back and the front of her dress (at around 01:06:00). See more »

Quotes

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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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 »

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

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My New Best Friend
Written & Performed by Luke Tierney
Courtesy of Fundamental Music
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very good family film - enjoyed it thoroughly!
17 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this movie opening night. Took 5 kids and my wife and sis-in-law. all of us enjoyed it. very clean. enjoyable. hilarious at times and well written.

I normally hate child actors, but for once i was not annoyed. Emma Roberts is gorgeous. at 23, she looks young, but has moments in which she gives a glimpse of wisdom. her younger brother in the movie was very tolerable, and in fact delivered some excellent subtlety. neither over acted.

the social worker couple were very good while Lisa kudrow continues to amaze me that she even has a career. OK, now the part that matters: the dogs were hilarious, likable, and intriguing. the plot was very well done and for the first time in years, i am intrigued and eagerly anticipating the "making of" documentary on the DVD. excellent direction, pacing, and scripting.


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