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Hotel for Dogs -- A group of kids secretly turn a vacant hotel into a shelter for stray dogs.
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Hotel for Dogs -- Interview: Don Cheadle "On his character and making a movie his kids can see"
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16 January 2009 (USA) See more »
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No stray gets turned away See more »
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Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Hotel for Dogs Movie Review from The Massie Twins See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emma Roberts ... Andi

Jake T. Austin ... Bruce

Don Cheadle ... Bernie

Johnny Simmons ... Dave

Kyla Pratt ... Heather

Troy Gentile ... Mark

Lisa Kudrow ... Lois Scudder

Kevin Dillon ... Carl Scudder

Ajay Naidu ... ACO Jake

Eric Edelstein ... ACO Max

Robinne Lee ... Carol

Yvette Nicole Brown ... Ms. Camwell

Maximiliano Hernández ... Officer Mike (as Maximiliano Hernandez)

Andre Ware ... Officer Jeff

Jonathan Klein ... Evan

Ruben Garfias ... Department Store Employee

Kenny Vibert ... Jason

Stephen Liska ... Desk Sergeant (as Steve Liska)

Jeremy Howard ... Hot Dog Man

Tiya Sircar ... Marianne

Mariah Buzolin ... Beth (as Mariah Moore)
Britney Christian ... Girl in TV Room
Jim Doughan ... Male Reporter

Gina St. John ... Female Reporter

Catherine McCord ... Mathilda Frohmann (as Catherine Hill McCord)
Carina Oakland ... Passerby
Susan Avalos ... Mom with Kid in Car
Dwayne Swingler ... Officer Clark

Gregory Sporleder ... ACO Dooley (as Greg Sporleder)
Brandon Avalos ... Kid in Car

Brendan Wayne ... ACO Tanner

Andrea Gold Robinson ... Woman with Dog (as Andrea Gold)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hira Ambrosino ... Social Worker (uncredited)
Allison Curtis ... Girl Watching Husky Puppies (uncredited)
Georgie Del Junco ... Kid (uncredited)
Leslie Del Rosario ... Alexa (uncredited)
Bailey Dent ... Little Girl Playing with Puppy (uncredited)
Humberto Guida ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Kelsey Higgs ... Marianne's Friend (uncredited)

Kami Koren ... Perfume Lady (uncredited)

Emily Kuroda ... Social Worker (uncredited)
Breaunna Lake ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Stefan Mavi ... City Cop (uncredited)

Ivan Reitman ... Himself - Closing Credits Sequence (uncredited)

Ashley Rose ... Orphan (uncredited)

Sadie ... Herself - Closing Credits Sequence (uncredited)
Cole Schaefer ... Dad (uncredited)

Scott Sener ... Bass Player (uncredited)
Arne Starr ... Storeowner (uncredited)

Scott Trimble ... Himself - Closing Credits Sequence (uncredited)

George F. Watson ... Electronics Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by
Thor Freudenthal 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jeff Lowell (screenplay) and
Robert Schooley (screenplay) (as Bob Schooley) &
Mark McCorkle (screenplay)

Lois Duncan (book)

Produced by
Jason Clark .... producer
Jeffrey Clifford .... executive producer
Jonathan Gordon .... producer
Marc Haimes .... producer
Ewan Leslie .... producer
Gerald D. Moon .... production executive
Tom Pollock .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... executive producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Debney 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sheldon Kahn 
 
Casting by
Sarah Finn 
Randi Hiller 
 
Production Design by
William Sandell 
 
Art Direction by
Brad Ricker 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Linda Lee Sutton 
 
Costume Design by
Beth Pasternak 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Diaz .... key makeup artist: second unit
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup department head
Maggie Fung .... key makeup artist
Kathrine Gordon .... hair department head
Rhonda O'Neal .... key hair stylist: second unit
Polly A. Powers .... makeup artist
Yvette Stone .... hair stylist
Julie M. Woods .... additional hair stylist (as Julie Woods)
 
Production Management
Cynthia H. Margulis .... production supervisor: second unit
Jake Rice .... post-production supervisor
Leigh Shanta .... unit production manager
Mark Graziano .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven Buhai .... key second assistant director: second unit
Christian Clarke .... second second assistant director
Eugene Davis .... additional second assistant director
David Dwiggins .... first assistant director: second unit
Greg Michael .... second unit director
Korey Scott Pollard .... additional second assistant director: second unit
Scott Robertson .... first assistant director
Ellen Rosentreter .... second second assistant director second unit
Jonas Spaccarotelli .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Manuel Baca .... set dresser
Jim Bandsuh .... concept illustrator
Ronald S. Baratie .... greens foreman (as Ron Baratie)
Charles Bible .... labor foreman
J.P. Boquette .... set dresser
Jeanne Bueche .... assistant props
Bill Cancienne .... assistant props
Danielle Clemenza .... assistant art director
Chuck Courrieu .... leadman
Donn Cross .... paint supervisor
Gary Deaton .... construction coordinator
Carl Denooyer .... set dresser
Brad Denton .... stand-by painter
David Dunn .... set dresser
Lisa Fiorito .... art researcher
Martin J. Gibbons .... general foreman
Penelope Franco Gilmore .... set decorating coordinator (as Penelope Franco)
Chris Grantz .... on-set dresser
Robert Grbavac .... painter
Ray Harvie .... storyboard artist
Jeff Hay .... set dresser
Bruce Robert Hill .... set designer (as Bruce Hill)
Patrick Janicke .... production illustrator
Robert Kusler .... tool man
Carolyn Lassek .... assistant property master
Gerald Lehtola .... art department coordinator
Josh Lusby .... set designer (as Joshua Lusby)
Hank Mayo .... storyboard artist
Amie McCarthy .... assistant props (as Amie F. McCarthy Winn)
Frank McEldowney .... greens coordinator
Frank McEldowney .... greens foreman
Tony Miller .... plaster foreman
Desma Murphy .... assistant art director
Ron Pekkala .... construction medic
Lisa Penaranda .... set decorating buyer
Eric Rood .... key on-set dresser
Carrie Roslan .... construction buyer (as Carrie Best)
Bob Skemp .... greensman
Jon Stein .... art department researcher
Cheryl Gould Strang .... leadman (as Cheryl Gould)
Tim Swope .... graphics
Marc Tantin .... propmaker gang boss
Lindsay Tomlinson .... assistant property master
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master
Naomi Treuherz .... supervising signwriter
Simeon Wilkins .... storyboard artist
Marcel Worch .... propmaker gang boss
Michael Yamada .... concept artist
Jeff O'Bannon .... laborer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Panos Asimenios .... dubbing supervisor
Bruce Barris .... assistant supervising sound editor
Bruce Barris .... sound effects editor
Beau Borders .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Bradley .... cable person
Paul Buscemi .... epk sound
Ed Callahan .... sound editor
Preston Connor .... boom operator: additional photography
Steve Copley .... foley mixer
Joe Dorn .... adr supervisor
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Robert Eber .... sound mixer: additional photography
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Donald Flick .... sound editor
George Flores .... sound mixer: second unit, additional photography
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Alexandra Gallo .... utility sound technician: additional photography
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Paul Graff .... sound mixer: second unit, additional photography
John Hays .... boom operator: additional photography
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Elliott Koretz .... sound designer
Elliott Koretz .... supervising sound editor
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant
Doug Mountain .... supervising sound engineer
Steve Nelson .... production sound mixer
Steve Nelson .... sound editor
Josephine Nericcio .... second assistant sound editor
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Oliver .... adr recordist
Ralph Osborn .... supervising dialogue editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Mark Purcell .... sound recordist
Chris Quilty .... boom operator: b unit
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Steve Schatz .... sound mixing recordist
Kevin Schultz .... foley recordist
John Sievert .... foley artist
Knox White .... boom operator
Randy Wilson .... foley mixer
Barbara Heller .... voice over (uncredited)
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Scott Stolz .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ryan Arndt .... special effects technician
Jim Boulden .... animatronic animals
Robert Cole .... special effects
Donald Elliott .... special effects technician (as Donald R. Elliott)
Ronald Epstein .... special effects technician
Christian Eubank .... special effects technician (as Christian F. Eubank)
Jay King .... on-set special effects (as Jay B. King)
Michael Lantieri .... special effects coordinator
Roland Loew .... special effects foreperson
Matt McDonnell .... special effects technician (as Matthew J. McDonnell)
Dan Ossello .... on-set special effects (as Daniel B. Ossello)
Reggie Rizzo .... stunt dog/fabricator-fur technician
Jon Thackery .... special effects technician (as Jonathan Thackery)
Mario Vanillo .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Block .... title sequence design/animation
Victor DiMichina .... visual effects producer
Patrick Flanagan .... digital compositor
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Simon Halpern .... previs artist: Persistence of Vision
Jotham Herzon .... previs artist: Proof, Inc.
Mike Leben .... motion control operator
Steven Lloyd .... digital artist
Mary E. Manning .... previs lead: Proof, Inc.
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Brad Moylan .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Mike L. Murphy .... previs designer: Proof, Inc. (as Mike Murphy)
Gerardo Ramirez .... pre-visualization artist
David Ridlen .... visual effects
Ray Scalice .... general manager: Pixel Magic
Hudson Shock .... compositor
Mai Suzuki .... digital restoration artist
Max Votolato .... effects coordinator
Nathan Warner .... previs supervisor: Proof, Inc.
 
Stunts
Clay Cullen .... stunt coordinator: reshoots
Clay Cullen .... stunts
J.J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Annie Ellis .... stunts
Cheyenne Ellis .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Richard Ellis)
Arron Fenton .... stunts (as Arron Marie Fenton)
Tad Griffith .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Riley Harper .... stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunt coordinator
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem .... stunts (as Ace Hatem)
Logan Holladay .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn Dashnaw)
Shawn Lane .... stunts (as Shawn Patrick Lane)
Matt McColm .... stunts
Ed McDermott II .... precision driving coordinator
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts
James Pratt .... stunts (as Jim Pratt)
Scotty Richards .... precision driving coordinator (as Scott Richards)
Scott Workman .... stunts
Keith Woulard .... stunts
Tad Griffith .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Rex Reddick .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Heather Sims .... stunt double (uncredited)
Scott Workman .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jose Aguirre .... electrician
Will Arnot .... camera operator (as William Arnot)
Will Arnot .... steadicam operator (as William Arnot)
Nico Bally .... remote head technician
Star Barry .... b camera gaffer
Brian Bartolini .... gaffer: second unit
Mateo Bourdieu .... first assistant camera
John Bratlien .... rigging electrician
J.A. Byerly .... rigging gaffer (as JA Byerly)
Mitch Byerly .... chief rigging electric
Jesse Crusing .... additional electrician
Derek K. Cunningham .... grip
Matthew Deetsch .... gaffer: second unit
Darrin DeLoach .... first assistant camera
Shawn Duchscherer .... lighting technician
Dan Enneking .... dimmer board operator
Daniel Enneking .... additional set lighting technician
Michael S. Epley .... dolly grip: second unit
Chad Eshbaugh .... remote head technician
Claire Farrand-Stone .... second assistant camera: second unit
Christopher Ferguson .... lighting technician
Michael Fitzgerald .... epk photographer
Matt Floyd .... rigging grip
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip operator: "a" camera
Mike Gentile .... film loader
Carlos Gonzalez .... technocrane operator
Matt Guiza .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera (as Matthew Guiza)
Keith A. Hascher .... additional set lighting technician (as Keith Hascher)
Tom Howard .... additional lighting technician
Justin Hughes .... grip
Aubrey Husar .... first company grip
Louis Isman .... grip
Lee Johnson .... lighting technician: second unit
Jordan C. Kadovitz .... video assist: second unit
Mike Karasick .... chief lighting technician (as Michael I. Karasick)
Mike Karasick .... gaffer
Christopher Kiso .... set lighting technician
Jonas Lagunoff .... grip
Eric Leach .... camera operator
Chris Linares .... additional set lighting technician
John Linares .... assistant chief lighting technician
John Linares .... best boy electric
Jerry L. Marshall .... second company rigging grip
Carson E. Mayne .... best boy electric
Gary Molyneux .... dolly grip
Darin Moran .... camera operator: "b" camera
Brian Giuseppe Morena .... first assistant photographer: "a" camera (as Brian Morena)
Yen P. Nguyen .... assistant camera operator: second unit
Scott Odermann .... grip
Jesse Olivares .... key video engineer
Jimmie R. Owens .... grip
Ray Patrick .... super technocrane operator
Joel Perkal .... first assistant camera: "b" camera second unit
Joel Perkal .... first assistant camera: additional camera
Blake Pike .... first company rigging grip
Michael C. Price .... key grip: second unit
Patrick Redmond .... libra head technician
Arturo Rojas .... second assistant photographer: "a" camera
Landon Ruddel .... best boy: second unit
Simon Scheeline .... second company grip (as Edwin Simon Scheeline)
V.W. Scheich .... video assist operator: reshoots "C" unit
Bruce Sharp .... lighting technician
Ryan Shopay .... rigging electrician
Heather Sims .... stand-in: on-camera
David Sirianni .... grip
Jeff Snyder .... digital video assist operator
Gary Soloko .... rigging technician
Adam Southwick .... dimmer board operator
Randy Stone .... second assistant camera: 2nd unit
Lisbeth Storandt .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera
Ian Strang .... electrician
Ian Strang .... set lighting technician
David Stump .... additional cinematographer
George Sugar .... set lighting technician
Jorge Sánchez .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Jaimie Trueblood .... still photographer
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... dolly grip operator: "b" camera
Chris Walden .... basecamp generator operator
Rick Whitfield .... 24 frame supervisor
Andy Young .... best boy rigging grip
Matt Zschoche .... rigging technician
 
Animation Department
Stuart Allan .... animatic
 
Casting Department
Chris Bustard .... extras casting
Jennifer Euston .... additional casting
Leslee Feldman .... casting executive
Tamara Hunter .... casting associate
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting
Leslie-Ann Reale .... casting assistant (as Leslie Reale)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Adams .... costumer
Carrie Arakaki .... set costumer
Sharon Fauvel .... head ager/dyer
Sean Haley .... costumer
Lisa Halperin .... additional costumer
Jalene Murphy .... key costumer
Oksana Nedavniaya .... costume illustrator
Marienne O'Brien .... set costumer
Jamie Lauren Salazar .... costumer
Paul Sinnott .... costume assistant
Ken Van Duyne .... costumer
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor (as Pamela J. Wise)
 
Editorial Department
Jay Bodnar .... digital intermediate technologist
Wendy Greene Bricmont .... additional editor
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
John Dietrick .... assistant editor
Siggy Ferstl .... digital intermediate colorist
Jordan Fox .... di colorist assist
Leilani Gushiken .... post-production coordinator
Nicholas Hasson .... smoke editor
Andy Kaplan .... digital intermediate producer
Robert Malina .... additional editor
Amber Merritt .... post-production assistant
Mauricio Tassara .... colorist
 
Music Department
Mark Agostino .... music playback operator: pro tools
Brent Brooks .... music editor
Jeff Carson .... music editor: score
Kyle de Tarnowsky .... orchestrator
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
George Doering .... musician
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Jennifer Hawks .... executive in charge of music
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor
Jo Ann Kane .... music preparation
Kevin Kaska .... orchestrator
Andrew Kinney .... orchestrator
Chris Lord .... orchestrator
Tony Mandracchia .... guitar coach
Melanie Mullens Hoyson .... score production supervisor
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
John Ashton Thomas .... orchestrator
Mike Watts .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Mike Bearer .... production driver
Rob Byer .... transportation captain: second unit
Matt DeAmicis .... driver (as Matthew DeAmicis)
Cody Driver .... driver
Chris Finney .... driver
Chris Finney .... production driver
Don Haggerty .... driver
Vicki Sousa .... driver
Paul Tumber .... driver: 2nd Unit
Wayne Williams .... transportation coordinator
Richard Denson .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sage Asteak .... key set production assistant
Alix Bannon .... accounting clerk (as Alix Large)
Sean F. Barth .... product placement
Raymond W. Beal .... animal trainer
Bonnie Belknap .... food stylist
Jenny Lynn Burnett .... post-production accountant
Kristy Campbell .... animal trainer
Ernesto Cantu .... trailer supervisor
Justin Carville .... assistant accountant
Cathy Churchman .... animal trainer
Bridget Cleary .... assistant location manager
Anna L. Coats .... key assistant location manager
Deborah Dellosso .... animal trainer
Patricia L. DeShields .... production accountant (as Patsy Deshields)
Victor DiMichina .... technical production supervisor
Jack Dubnicek .... assistant: Ms. Shuler Donner
Cate Eckenrode .... additional set production assistant
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer: dogs
France Myung Fagin .... location manager
Heidi Falconer .... unit publicist
Adam Feingold .... accounting clerk
Mark Forbes .... animal coordinator
Madison Ford .... adr loop group
William Shane Grisco .... animal trainer
Thomas L. Gunderson .... animal trainer
Jannatha Guthrie .... second assistant accountant
Matt Haggerty .... set production assistant
Stacey Harutunian .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Andrea Hirschegger .... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Cathy Immordino .... stand-in: Troy Gentile
Roy G. Irwin .... set medic
Teresa Jaime Drapkin .... payroll accountant
Eva Jensen .... studio teacher
Dave Kasubowski .... craft service
Adam Knapp .... photo double
Adam Knapp .... stand-in
Scott Koche .... set production assistant: reshoots
Erin Kolpek .... stand-in
Eloy Lara .... set medic
Kathy Liska .... assistant: Ms. Shuler Donner
Brenda Lopez .... script supervisor: second unit
Lynda Lopez .... assistant: Mr. Freudenthal
Sharon Lopez .... assistant production coordinator
James E. Maddux .... set medic
Jonathan Madrid .... assistant animal trainer
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Andrew Magarian .... acting coach
John R. McCormick .... animal trainer
Stephanie McKinnon .... production secretary
Haley McLane .... script supervisor: second unit
Brynn McQuade .... clearances
Michael W. Miliotti .... animal trainer
Hilary Momberger .... script timing
April Morley .... lead animal trainer
Tom Neal .... assistant location manager
Michael Neale .... location manager
Andy Novak .... production secretary (as Andrew Novak)
Carina Oakland .... photo double
Richard G. Orozco .... key assistant location manager
Ben Pack .... assistant: Mr. Leslie
Christopher L. Parson .... adr loop group (as Chris Parson)
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
David Jedidiah Rose .... production assistant
Adam Rucho .... production assistant
Paul Santarelli .... assistant: Mr. Clifford
Gregory Santoro .... additional set production assistant
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Yolanda Scott .... stand-in
Laura Sherman .... assistant production office coordinator: additional photography
Steve Solomon .... animal trainer
Ni'Coel Stark .... assistant: Mr. Pollock (as Nicoel Stark)
Erin Stern .... set production assistant
Shelly Strong .... production executive
Jason Suhrke .... additional set production assistant
Hirotatsu Taniguchi .... set production assistant
Sophia Tapia .... payroll accountant: reshoots
Kendall Toole .... adr loop group
Jodi Tripi .... stock footage researcher
Daniel Villarreal .... production assistant: additional photography
Joseph Virdone .... animal supervisor (as J. Virdone)
Linda Warrilow .... production coordinator
Arthur Williams .... key set production assistant: second unit
Tasha Zamsky .... animal trainer
Jerome Zelle .... assistant craft service
Steven Zienka .... assistant: Greg Michael
Kenny Hanson .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Scott Trimble .... location scout: additional photography (uncredited)
Mike Tsucalas .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Tim Williams .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor
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Trivia:
It took a long time to teach the dogs to use the feeding machine. Indeed, the first dog in line had to learn not to throw himself onto the fifty bowls of food passing in front of him, and so on.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Friday smells the man eating the hot dog, the hot dog does not have ketchup on it. But, when Friday is watching the man eat the hot dog, the hot dog has ketchup.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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19 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Hotel for Dogs Movie Review from The Massie Twins, 15 January 2009
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from www.GoneWithTheTwins.com

Hotel for Dogs plays it very safe and sticks to a tried-and-true children's movie formula. For a great many viewers the best thing about the film will be the cute and cuddly dogs that perform various tricks – their training is easily more impressive than the humdrum story, based on a hopefully more consequential Lois Duncan book. The dialogue lacks flair, the acting is expectedly simple, and the characters provide only modest entertainment in comparison to their canine costars. Adults will probably find it difficult to withstand the sickeningly sweet conclusion or the impossibly artificial mechanics behind the inner workings of the dog hotel, but the target audience is likely to be pleased.

16-year-old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her 11-year-old brother Bruce (Jake Austin) have bounced back and forth between orphanages and foster parents (five in the last three years) without finding comfort or satisfaction. Bernie (Don Cheadle), the kindly social worker who governs their placements tries to reason with the children, who aren't content with their newest family of quiver-inducing wannabe rockstars (Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon) who conduct obnoxious band practice in their apartment nonstop, and compulsively lock up the cupboards and cabinets in their home. The brother and sister team have also been secretly keeping a pet dog, Friday, who uses automated gadgets constructed by the mechanically inclined Bruce to get food and to remain hidden.

Before school starts up, the troublemaking duo (they get money for dog food by pawning fraudulent goods) comes across an abandoned hotel with several canine occupants. Deciding to look after their newfound family of dogs, Andi and Bruce join forces with two employees from the nearby pet store (Johnny Simmons and Kyla Pratt) along with nosey Mark (Troy Gentile), to build an elaborate self-maintained shelter for unwanted, abandoned and stray dogs. Initially it seems they've bitten off more than they can chew, especially when cruel dog pound troops, nagging foster parents and pesky cops begin to take notice of the incredibly large gathering of dogs at the dilapidated old building.

The target audience probably won't be asking the questions that popped into my mind: How can an 11-year-old kid build such intricate mechanical contraptions? Is it really that easy to train dozens of dogs to use said electrical gadgets? Is it simply luck that none of the dogs need medical attention? Is it really okay for children to commit crimes such as breaking and entering, trespassing, and even assault, as long as it's done with the intent of saving stray animals? Clearly this film wasn't designed for me, but the trite dialogue (Kevin Dillon mutters the stale line, "We're in deep doo doo," after falling into an enormous animal waste bin), the predictability of Bernie's role, the sappy ending and the Kill Bill music montage (Tomoyasu Hotei's instantly recognizable "Battle Without Honor or Humanity") are huge distractions – especially when one just wants to see some adorable dogs running amok.

- Mike Massie

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