Hotel for Dogs

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Overview

Adapted from author Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book of the same name, director Thor Freudenthal's Hotel for Dogs follows two mischievous orphans as they attempt to hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Disheartened by their new guardians' announcement that pets are strictly forbidden, 16-year-old Andi Emma Roberts and her younger brother, Bruce Jake T. Austin, race to find a home for their loyal dog Friday. Fortunately for Friday, there's an abandoned hotel just around the corner, and Bruce ...
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Overview

Adapted from author Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book of the same name, director Thor Freudenthal's Hotel for Dogs follows two mischievous orphans as they attempt to hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Disheartened by their new guardians' announcement that pets are strictly forbidden, 16-year-old Andi Emma Roberts and her younger brother, Bruce Jake T. Austin, race to find a home for their loyal dog Friday. Fortunately for Friday, there's an abandoned hotel just around the corner, and Bruce possesses just the kind of mechanical smarts needed to transform the rundown inn into a four-star retreat for canines. For a while, Friday and his friends have it made, but when the neighbors start to get suspicious, Andi and Bruce resort to every trick in the book in order to prevent their secret from being discovered. Don Cheadle, Emma Roberts, and Lisa Kudrow star in a family-friendly film penned by screenwriter Jeff Lowell.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Strays of both the kiddie and canine varieties long for a place to call home as Lois Duncan's Scholastic paperback is adapted for the big screen courtesy of director Thor Freudenthal. Dog lovers will quickly warm to the story of two orphaned siblings who put the needs of their beloved pooch, Friday, before their own -- even when it means incurring the wrath of their selfish foster parents -- and kids will get a kick out of watching the visually inventive story unfold as the four-legged guests file in and the brother-sister duo crafts a series of Rube Goldberg contraptions to ensure that their furry friends are well cared for. Andi Emma Roberts and Bruce Jake T. Austin may not have much, but they've still got each other, and their loyal dog, Friday, is always happy to see them. Unfortunately, Andi and Bruce's aging, wannabe rock star foster parents Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon, aren't too keen on pets, a complication that poses a rather weighty problem for the two young dog lovers. They see Friday as a member of their diminished family, and they aren't willing to give him up just to live in a place where they're barely tolerated anyway. The kids are already on the verge of getting kicked out when they're busted for running a small scam in order to earn a little extra spending money. Thankfully, Andi and Bruce have a friend in dedicated social worker Bernie Don Cheadle, who helps to sweep their latest misdeed under the rug. One night, while taking Friday for a walk, Andi and Bruce are nearly trampled by thieves bolting out from a darkened alley. When the police roll up, cherries flashing and sirens blaring, the kids duck into an abandoned hotel for fear of being blamed for a crime they didn't commit. Happening across a pair of dogs who have made the hotel their makeshift home, the quick-thinking duo decides that this would be the perfect place for Friday to live as well. It isn't long before every stray in the city has booked a room, though with each additional guest their secret becomes increasingly difficult to keep. With more than a little help from animal-loving pet-store employees Dave Johnny Simmons and Heather Kyla Pratt, not to mention fearless neighborhood kid Mark Troy Gentile, Andi and Bruce transform the disheveled hotel into a fully automated resort that any pup would be proud to call home. Stealthily averting more serious questions about why the kids are on their own as the story is set up, screenwriters Jeff Lowell, Robert Schooley, and Mark McCorkle instead focus on the philosophy that sometimes we have to make our own families in life, and that it pays to think creatively while attempting to solve problems. While those messages may be obvious to the adult viewer, they're conveyed with just the right amount of subtlety to prevent them from seeming heavy-handed for the target audience and, with the occasional exception, director Freudenthal and editor Sheldon Kahn keep the action moving quickly enough to give the proceedings a spirited pace. Likewise, there's plenty of imaginative eye candy thanks to photographer Michael Grady's acrobatic lens, a component that helps breathe playful life into the functional contraptions dreamt up by budding young inventor Bruce. It's nice to see Cheadle take a break from heavy-lifting cinema in order to have a little fun on the big screen, while Kudrow and Dillon are obviously having a blast in their own roles as the musically challenged foster parents who would rather rehearse than raise kids. It all adds up to an agreeable family flick that, while never really breaking any new ground cinematically or story-wise, manages to deliver some positive messages -- and plenty of adorable dogs -- in an energetic and perfectly enjoyable 100 minutes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302017
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 29,730

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Robinne Lee Carol
Yvette Nicole Brown Ms. Camwell
Maximiliano Hernandez Officer Mike
André Ware Officer Jeff
Jonathan Klein Evan
Ruben Garfias Department Store Employee
Technical Credits
Thor Freudenthal Director
Jason Clark Producer
Jeffrey Clifford Executive Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Jonathan Gordon Producer
Michael Grady Cinematographer
Randi Hiller Casting
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Ewan Leslie Producer
Jeff Lowell Screenwriter
Mark McCorkle Screenwriter
Beth Pasternak Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Pollock Executive Producer
Ivan Reitman Executive Producer
Brad Ricker Art Director
William Sandell Production Designer
Robert Schooley Screenwriter
Lauren Shuler-Donner Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It is a great movie

    This movie is great and it shows that kids can do meaniningfull things while they are still kids. The combination of the animals, kids and adults in this movie was great. I think that the emotion that these kids showed for the animals that nobody else seemed to care about was great and the ideas the writers came up with were great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great fun to watch!

    This is a family friendly movie. I highly recommend it if you love dogs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hotel For Dogs

    We loved dogs so this was fun to watch. We though the movie was fun to watch and we enjoy the movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Movie deserves 5 stars from me!

    Great plot. Great actors. Great movie. All i can say is GREAT!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Cute Movie for Families :)

    I had heard pretty bad reviews about this movie, but when I saw it I was amazed. I'm a teenager and I loved this movie! I watched it with my little brother, dad, and step-mom and we all loved it. There are laughs for kids and adults in this movie. There's also a bit of crying. This is a great movie to watch if you want a laugh with your family. So grab your family...and your dog, and watch this movie :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun with a purpose

    This was a great film for animal lovers. Not very realistic, but great special effects and lots of fun with several messages. Good for SPCA/animal resue organizations' spay/neuter and adaption promotions.

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