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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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No stray gets turned away 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,034,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,000,198
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many different types of dogs can be seen in the film: Lenny is a Bullmastiff, Georgia is a Boston Terrier, Cooper is an English Bulldog, Shep is a Border Collie, Romeo is a Chinese Crested Dog, Juliet is a Poodle and Henry is a Beauceron. See more »

Goofs

When Bruce first checks in Henry near the beginning of the movie, he writes Henry's name in green (at around 4 minutes) following Friday's name inscribed in a heart. Later when Bernie is reading from the check-in book, Henry's name is in red (at around 27 minutes) and follows Cooper. See more »

Quotes

Bernie: You sold a guy a rock in a box for $20.
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Crazy Credits

The splat shape in the opening Nickelodeon Movies logo morphs into the sun. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nurse Jackie: Pill-O-Matix (2009) See more »

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The Murder
from Psycho (1960)
Written by Bernard Herrmann
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User Reviews

 
The Dogs are the Stars
16 January 2009 | by LAKERS34See 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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