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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 birds flying past the camera from behind (at around 4 mins) were added digitally. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 minute) Heather is trying to coax the three legged dog onto the ramp, she then praises him saying "good boy". Then at the end (at around 1h 22 minutes) Bernie calls her "Chelsea". See more »

Quotes

Andi: You know, I think we might be in a little over our heads.
Dave: It's four-six; we're out dogged.
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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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Born To Be Wild
Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Dogs are the Stars
16 January 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Hotel for Dogs is strictly a fairy tale... Fun for the wee ones and those who need an escape. The story plods along like a ship in a storm, bouncing here and there with little regard for rationale or plausibility. Don Cheadle does a fine job playing the only reasonable character in the mix, with Emma Roberts and Jake Austin cute (no, too cute) as our main protagonists. Sad to see Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, and a host of others as contrived stereotypes with less personality than the dogs, who really are the stars of this thing. First time director Thor Freudenthal plays it safe with the story; You can't go wrong with so many talented canines in the mix! My 5 and 7 year old children loved it, while my 11 year old niece gave it "2.5 stars"...Same here.


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