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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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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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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The novel upon which this movie is based was first published in 1971. See more »

Goofs

In a close-up, Bruce puts kibbles on a floor switch panel (around 43:02) to entice Romeo to step onto it, but when the camera cuts to a longer shot of Romeo, there are no kibbles on the panel. See more »

Quotes

Bruce: If you look at it, dogs have three basic needs. That's- that's eatting, sleeping, peeing and pooping.
Andi: That's four.
Bruce: No, I think peeing and pooping is one.
Heather: Uh, I've stepped in both and I have to disagree.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in A Home for Everyone: The Making of 'Hotel for Dogs' (2009) See more »

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Into Action
Written & Performed by Tim Armstrong
Courtesy of Hellcat Records
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Not a Dog :-)
19 December 2008 | by brdcstdvdSee all my reviews

Saw a preview of Hotel For Dogs with my wife and kids (4&7 year old boys) last weekend and I have to say we all thoroughly enjoyed this film. In fact I would have to say it is the best live-action kids film I've seen in years. Sure, as an adult you'll be able to see predictable plot devices coming at you from around every corner, but the movie is so likable, well acted and well directed that you just don't care. There are holes in the story and the whole movie is one big implausibility but it just doesn't matter. Hotel for Dogs will be the first big hit of 2009. It's a great family film that 4-12 year olds are just going to eat up.


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