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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:

Bienvenue aux chiens perdus! (Welcome to the lost dogs!) 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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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mentioned in the behind the scenes features, Emma Roberts tripped and fell while shooting the escape from the shelter. She was run over and trampled by the dogs, but was unhurt, although she had paw prints all over her. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening DreamWorks SKG logo plays in complete silence. See more »

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

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Battle Without Honor Or Humanity
Written and Performed by Tomoyasu Hotei
Courtesy of EMI Music Japan
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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I'm 20 & I'm honestly surprised that I liked 'Hotel For Dogs'..!
6 April 2010 | by GirishGowdaSee all my reviews

Usually, I don't like films which have real dogs in them. But, Hotel For Dogs came as a real surprise to me. Of course, the plot is predictable, but the actors & the adorable dogs brought this movie some heart. I don't understand the low rating. This movie was made for kids, not for adults, so you shouldn't have expected anything more than the predictable dialogues & happy ending.

Andi (Emma Roberts) & Bruce (Jake. T. Austin) are two siblings who have lost their parents & are living in foster homes & the adults in that home are very annoying. One day their dog, Friday goes into an abandoned old hotel & it spends the night there. Somehow, the kids want a real family & they start rescuing dogs from all over the place to help the dogs avoid the pound with the help of their friends, Dave, Heather & Mark. They get into all kinds of trouble with the law.

I was babysitting the other day & my little cousin wanted to watch this as soon as he heard it had dogs in them (he's 8 & very cute) & so I had to watch it along with him as no one else wanted to spend time on this with him & I like him (he has two elder sisters & they wouldn't see this, nor babysit him). This is a very fun family film. The acting was good, the dogs were awesome & the contraptions to help the dogs enjoy was cool. Seeing this as he enjoyed really made it good for me. The plot had lot of holes in it; like where did they get the money to feed so many dogs when they couldn't even pay for food for their first dog? And how could they build the hotel for the dogs without the owner's permission & is it really OK to break the law as long as you do it for the cute dogs? This is a kids fantasy after all & I let go of these problems.

Lisa Kudrow (from the awesome show 'Friends') really didn't do much in this. Then again, the kids & dogs are the main attraction. Emma Roberts is a girl I loved in Nancy Drew (I was a huge fan of Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew during my teens, still am I suppose) & here also I liked her. The other kids were also OK. I'm a huge fan of Prison Break & did anyone notice Mark was eerily similar with his dialogue delivery & personality to a character in the TV show? If he is not his son, then its weird.

6/10


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