|Hotel for Dogs (Widescreen Edition)
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 04/28/2009 Run time: 100 minutes Rating: Pg
Everyone deserves a loving family, but foster kids Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) have been placed with a flaky couple who care more for their aspiring rock careers than their foster children. Even though Andi and Bruce's mischievous tendencies repeatedly get them into trouble, the siblings are essentially good kids who care deeply for one another and their secretly adopted dog Friday. After a close call with the local pound, the kids end up searching for Friday in an abandoned old hotel where they find several stray dogs seeking shelter. The kids' compassion for the homeless dogs compels them to begin caring for the strays and they soon join forces with three other local kids to take in strays from across the city. Bruce is a clever inventor whose innovative gadgets ensure top-notch care and constant entertainment for all the dogs (as well as a multitude of laughs from the audience). Unfortunately, Bruce's and Andi's devotion to the dogs eventually causes them to pass up what may be their last chance for a better foster home. When the police storm the hotel and take all the dogs to the pound, the kids make a daring attempt to rescue the dogs that will likely land them in separate group homes. Can social worker Bernie (Don Cheadle) somehow convince the authorities, and perhaps a loving family, that the children were just doing what was right? Hotel for Dogs is a funny family film based on Lois Duncan's book of the same name and is appropriate for most ages 5 and older in spite of its PG rating for mild thematic elements, language, and some crude humor. --Tami Horiuchi
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- Okay, but not great.
Took my 14-year-old son, my 11-year old daughter and my [censored] year-old mother. (All three dog lovers.)
My son was bored, my daughter and mom liked it.
The movie had some cute moments, but it wasn't as good as some reviewers are giving it ... certainly not a classic.
Definitely good for kids from 6-10. Nice to see a movie that doesn't have obscene/sexualized jokes.
- Not your average fleabag hotel at all!
Well, this movie hasn't totally gone to the dogs. Wasn't it W. C. Fields who said never act up against either a kid or an animal? "Hotel for Dogs" best performances are by the shorter cast members be they two or four footed.
Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) are a pair of orphans living in possibly the world's worst foster home with Carl and Lois Scudder (Kevin Dillon and Lisa Kudrow). Dog food looks better than what Lois serves up for dinner and the music they play as a rock group has gone to the dogs.
Andi and Bruce at first appear to be a pair of cons. They're selling rocks in shrink wrapped cell phone packaging to unsuspecting strangers. Turns out, they're not doing this for themselves, but to keep the family together and that means feeding Friday, the long gut mutt they've been hiding from the foster parents for the past three years.
When Friday ends up nearly kept by the Animal Control Officers, the sibs decide to make him a home in an abandoned hotel. What they don't realize until they get there is that two dogs have already claimed the spot. And well, the more the merrier as they devise a Rube Goldberg type apparatus to keep the animals fed, scooped and entertained while they are gone.
Unfortunately, things go awry. Will the plucky kids and their four legged family be able to keep the home they have carved out for themselves? Go see the film to find out. You'll be surprised how doggone funny it is.
Rebecca Kyle, March 2009 ...more info
- Great Kids Movie
I took my granddaughter to see this movie in the theater...immediately following the show...she looked at me and said "we have to get this one on DVD". Enough said! ; o)...more info
- Dog Lovers, Meet at the Hotel
If you are a dog person, this film will be a joy. If you are a cat person, well best look elsewhere. Cute kids, cute dogs, mean adults (save Don Cheadle), a run down hotel - recepie for a fun movie.
Bruce and Andi are orphan brother and sister. Bernie loves these two kids and tries to place them in a foster home together. Their latest home is not exactly nurturing, so the two turn toward the street and stray dogs. The stray they have had for a number of years, runs away from the dog catcher into an abandoned hotel. Eventually Bruce and Andi save many dogs and take care of them in this hotel. Bruce is 11 and happens to be brilliant at mechanical engineering.
Giving nothing away in this story, it's the evil dog catchers, the evil adults / foster parents, the not so bright police, versus the super smart kids.
It's a pleasant film, made better if you love dogs. It's very predictible. The cast is interesting. Don Cheadle as Bernie, has had much better roles, but he made do with the script he was given (Traitor is a hugely better film with Cheadle). Emma Roberts is sweet, pretty, and smart (Nancy Drew) - expect to see much more and better from her. Her brother, Bruce is played by a very capable Jake T. Austin. Kyla Pratt (Dr. Doolite 4 - Tail to the Chief) is a friend of the group, has probably peaked as an actress. The horrible singer and even worse strict mother is played by Lisa Kudrow (Pheobe on Friends), has been awful (this time also) in a series of not so good movies lately. Troy Gentile is the overweight kid that joins the group about half way through the film. He doesn't do a very good job here, but you may remember him in Tenacious D and Nacho Libre. Aside from Kudrow, a pretty decent cast.
Oh and don't forget the dogs. All shapes, sizes, breads, and ages. There's a dog in here that everyone will love.
Film wise - well the focus was always on, and camera movement was solid (not much handheld garbage). The sound was well recorded - dialog was clear. The editing was decent, it could use about a solid 10 minutes removed of the hour 35 minute film, but who's counting. There were some strange CG effects that made the movie look other worldly off and on. It's not clear if that was the point or they didn't spend enough money on the effects. The doves flying off at the end were just too far over the top.
Rated PG. There's a fair amount of poop humor (that was 5 things, no poop and pee are one thing, no I've stepped in them both and they are two things). There is a scene in the pound where a dog is taken to the back of the room on a leash. There is a cut to a few other scenes. Then the film comes back to the man with an empty leash reentering the room. For young children, that might require a bit of explaining. Otherwise, no violence, no strong language, and certainly no nudity. A film for all ages.
The DVD is chock full of the usual efluvia of more or less useless bonus features. In fact there is likely an hour or more of these features.
A nice family film for dog lovers. ...more info
- Hotel for Dogs
It was a great movie for the whole family to watch, being an animal lover I really loved that they placed importance on homeless animals!...more info
- Great for adults and kids.
This movie is about two kinds of strays: kids without parents and dogs without homes.
I won't give away too much about the plot except to say that it was surprising but still satisfying.
The stunts were great. It was so nice to not have a bunch of computer special effects and actually see dogs doing those thrilling things.
Obviously the movie is aimed at kids, but with Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon, there's a lot of humor and good acting for the parents as well.
This is an easy call - add this to your collection!...more info
- very good movie.
hotel for dofs was a great movie. I thought the story was very good and funny also. the acting was exlent. the over all the movie was a+++.
I would actuly rate this has 10 star movie....more info
- DOGS RULE !!!!!
what a warm and touching movie. if you don't love dogs then there is something wrong with you.every dog had his own special personality.have to give the pedagree people a big thumbs up for putting their money where their mouth is and giving something back.if we all did that,then this world would be a much better place....more info
- If you love Dogs, then you'll like this movie
First off let me say all of the dogs that are in this movie are really talented and so are the actors and actresses for working so amazingly well with the animals.
With that being said Hotel for Dogs was a GREAT movie. I felt like I could really connect with the storyline as well as with ALL the cast. I have never read the book but I thought the movie was well scripted. This is definetely a movie that the entire family will enjoy especially if you are a dog lover like I am. There is no obscene gestures or language so that was a great plus. I just LOVE all of the different breeds of dogs they added into the movie.
Short summary: Andi and Bruce are brother and sister being moved around from foster family to foster family. Through all of their moving around they still seem to keep their dog Friday a secret from all of their foster parents. Their new recent foster family doesn't care about anything but themselves (Kevin Dillion & Lisa Kudrow) so they decided to make their own "family". With the help of their newly found friends they run a secret hotel from dogs. The only problem is the dog catchers are after their dogs so they have a few run in's with them. See if Andi, Bruce, and their friends can save their dogs from the pound and save their hotel for dogs.
Again this is a GREAT family movie. I loved every minute of it....more info
- ...a wonderful movie the whole family can enjoy together.
Ever since Rin Tin Tin and Lassie America has loved a good dog flick. Some have made us laugh (The Ugly Dachshund), some have made us cry (Old Yeller, Marley & Me), others are just plain fun (Beverly Hills Chihuahua). Nickelodeon/ Dreamworks' Hotel For Dogs falls into this category. Even though it's officially a comedy, there's still some real life thrown in.
Siblings Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) have been in and out of foster homes since their parents died, and up to now they've managed to stay together and keep their dog, a scruffy Jack Russell terrier named Friday, a secret. But the bubble's about to burst. When Friday's picked up by the dog catcher and they barely get him back, they realize he deserves a real home. They can't hide him in parks and behind dumpsters forever. Then one night Andi and Bruce stumble upon an old abandoned hotel, and the adventure begins.
In the vein of 2003's Good Boy (minus the talking dogs), Hotel for Dogs hits all the right notes in the balance of humor, mayhem and drama. Thankfully the film makers resisted the temptation to elicit laughs from potty jokes alone, although there's still a few appropriate gags involving doggie doo-doo that'll please the younger set. The ingenious inventions created by Bruce, like an automatic assembly line dog feeder, car ride simulator, and some hilarious mechanical sheep keep our disbelief thoroughly suspended, but they're also what make this film fun and kid-friendly.
Even though Hotel For Dogs' take-away is never heavy-handed, the subtle message of love for the unwanted, whether they be dogs or kids, isn't lost on viewers. It's a touching theme and the film's more serious element. But let's face it. We're watching Hotel for Dogs for the dogs. And there are enough of them here to fill a . . . er, hotel. Breeds all over the AKC map make appearances, but a Boston Terrier, Mastiff, Bulldog, Border Collie, and a Chinese Crested Hairless take center stage alongside lead dog Friday (played by a shelter rescue named Cosmo) who steals the spotlight even from his young human stars. Which isn't to say Roberts and Austin don't put on a great performance. Roberts, known for her roles in the films Nancy Drew and Aquamarine, plays the ideal older sister who wants to be the voice of reason but shares her brother's soft spot for pups. It won't be long before she's known for much more than being Julia Roberts' niece.
A few tense thematic moments involving the pound and stray dogs being put down (a dog is led out the back door rather roughly by one of the dog catchers and later the man returns alone) could be troubling to younger or extra sensitive viewers. I heard a parent whispering to their concerned child once or twice behind me in the theater. But aside from this, Hotel for Dogs is a wonderful movie the whole family can enjoy together. Be sure to watch the ending credits featuring the cast and crew with their real-life pets.
--Reviewed by C.J. Darlington for TitleTrakk...more info
- An Absolute Dog-Gone Classic For The Family
HOTEL FOR DOGS is About A Couple of Children That Open A Hotel For Dogs After Finding 2 Dogs That Were Already There. But Problems Happen When The Dog Cathers Wander Were All The Stray Dogs Went (The Kids Took Them). The Cathers Are On Loose and Will Do Anything To Get The Strays Back.
HOTEL FOR DOGS is An Absolutly Funny, Dramatic, and Thrilling Family Film. Jake T. Austin (From Disney's WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE) is One Great Young Actor in This Film, and Brings Some Funny Inventons That The Carecter He Plays Builds. Emma Roberts (From Nick's UNFABOLUS) is The Best When it Comes Playing The Sister Who Falls Head-Over-Healls For A Teen Who Works at A Pet Shop.
The Dogs Themselves Are Great! The Stunts By The Dogs Are Great!
HOTEL FOR DOGS is A Must-See For The Family and Recommended For Kids 5 & Older.
I Also Recommend You see
Air Bud, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, and The All Dogs Go to Heaven Series
Overall Rating-5/5...more info
- Hotel for Dogs
This is an excellent movie! I am very happy we bought it. This a good movie for Children as well as Adults. It teaches them a lesson about caring for others even if you don't have much yourself....more info
- Dog and Kid Rescue
We took our six-year-old granddaughter to see this movie and we all enjoyed it. I do dog rescue and my heart loved the message in the film that it is not okay to throw away our dogs when we are tired of them. The kids in the movie get stuck with some horrible foster parents and they want to stay together--brother, sister and dog. It is not all heart string pulling though; there are tons of funny moments in the film. A definite family movie worth seeing. Power Path to Love...more info
- This Hotel is no Red Woof Inn!
So my brother and sister and their spouses are taking an "emergency mental health day" over to the casino boats and I'm pulling Uncle duty for a couple hours. We decide to go to the movies and I try to convince them to go see My Bloody Valentine 3D.
"We don't wanna see it." they said, "It scares us."
"Why, I asked," because you're all a bunch of babies?"
"We're not babies! We're this many", they said, holding up 3 fingers.
"Exactly. You're not babies. You're post-toddlers."
"Uncle Hammoooooock! We wanna see Hotel for Dogs".
Well I thought, maybe it would be for the best to see Hotel for Dogs. If I take them to see it then maybe years from now when I'm a toothless old loon confined to a government nursing home the kids will remember this movie fondly and come around to visit me and shoo the flies off my face and maybe keep the attendents from stealing my teeth and underpants.
Besides, i could teach them how to mix Milk Duds with popcorn and the flask of "Uncle Medicine" I carry would smooth over any bumps, especially if I mixed it with a nice fizzy Tab. Okay, kids, Hotel for Dogs it is!
Well sir, I was flabbergasted. This movie was much better than it looked in trailers and commercials. In the trailers, it looked like your average , dopey, mediocre kid movie. But it's better than that. The fine folks who made this film seemed to have put some actual thought and effort into entertaining our kids.
Basically, you got these two kids, bother and sister, who have been in and out of various foster homes since their parents died. They are a handful, a couple of smart little con-artists. But they are motivated by the desire to stay together and remain as much of a family as possible, and this desire extends to their dog, Friday, whom they keep hidden from a string of foster parents who won't take kids with dogs. Most of their schemes involve ways to feed or shelter Friday, but when that becomes too daunting a task they decide to bunk him in an abandoned hotel. One thing leads to another and eventually they are taking care of not only Friday, but a whole pack of dogs. The stray children have created a family for themselves with other strays. Of course there is a serious threat to their happiness, which(do I need to say spoiler alert) is alleviated in the end and eveyone lives happily ever after. That covers the plot.
There's a lot to like about this film. The acting is good. Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon are especially funny as Lois and Carl Scudder, the stars of the Carl Scudder Experience, a low-rent rock lounge act that couldn't cut the mustard playing for a back-alley craps game much less at a venue in Vegas. They're more petty and selfish than evil, although Kudrow looks kind of like a white trash Cruella DeVil. Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin do a good job as the kids. They're smart but not that wise-beyond -their -years smart you see in some movies. They look and act like actual kids.
I should also mention the dogs. I'm generally not a fan of animals that "act" unless they're terrorizing the human population of a small town or island somewhere, but these dogs are often funny, even by adult standards. I think the trick is that the dog scenes are not overdone. They don't wear out their welcome for the grown-up crowd. Kids will love it. The mutts have their own little characteristics and traits but the crowd favorite was Cooper, a big english bull dog who eats anything and everything, from license plates to ladies shoes.
The movie was written by Jeff Lowell,Robert Schooley ,& Mark McCorkle. Schooley and McCorkle created the Kim Possible series and helped write Sky High. They are developing a reputation for making quality family pictures that are fun, smart and imaginitive.
The plot is simple but it's also well done. It's silly in ways that kids will enjoy but it's never insulting, pandering or overly sentimental. And really, does a kid's movie need an intricate, detailed plot. Sure any adult who's lives in a country with free electricity is going to know how this thing turns out, but this movie really wasn't written for adults. It has humor in it that will keep an adults attention, but it's meant for th kids. A big part of the fun of seieng a movie like this with the kids is watching them watch the movie. Most of this stuff is new to them. They don't know for sure if the Hotel is doomed when the dog catchers find out about it. They don't know if the brother and sister are going to remain a family. And they are completely surprised and tickled when the dogs perform cute and funny little stunts that dogs have performed for years. You can get a kick out of watching the suspense, surprise and joy play across their faces as the movie progresses. It's one of those nice little films you can share with your family.
- I'm ready to move in!
Great movie for animal lovers - and anyone else! Very fun movie with a lot of action, humor, suspense and emotion. Freat feel-good movie for the whole family....more info
- Hotel for Dogs
The movie came earlier than promised and in perfect condition. My daughter loves it....more info
- An Awesome Film!!!
I gave my mom this movie for Mother's day, and we both liked it! The dogs were awesome and cute! Andi and Bruce live with crappy foster parents and try to hide their dog, Friday. They soon find a rundown hotel and give stray dogs a place to eat and sleep. The more dogs they find, the more help they'll need from friends who work at a pet store, and a kid with a police scanner. It was very funny and I highly recommend you let your pet stay at the HOTEL FOR DOGS!!!...more info