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Hotel for Dogs (2009)

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

Director:

Thor Freudenthal

Writers:

Jeff Lowell (screenplay), Robert Schooley (screenplay) (as Bob Schooley) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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:

Who let the dogs in? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel para perros See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,012,212, 18 January 2009

Gross USA:

$73,034,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,000,198
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Andi stepped in dog poop once, while Heather stepped in dog poop twice during the film. 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: 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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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
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Performed by Steppenwolf
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The dogs were more interesting than the human characters
18 March 2009 | by claudiamccSee 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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