Hotel for Dogs

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Hotel for Dogs
Strictly half-term fodder it may be, but this amiable kiddie flick delivers on its promises: you get lots of dogs doing cute stuff. The set-up has a brother and sister (Emma Roberts, Jake T Austin, Identi-Kit moppets) struggling to keep their pet Jack Russell terrier a secret from their pernickety foster parent (Lisa Kudrow, a game meanie). An abandoned downtown hotel provides an ideal bolt-hole and, they begin to plot, could offer kinder accommodation for the city’s unwanted canines than the municipal pound. With a couple of pet shop assistants facilitating transport and product-placement doggie treats, the dream becomes reality, thanks muchly to little bro’s Heath Robinson-esque contraptions keeping massed pooches fed and watered while the authorities try to work out where all the strays are.

True, there’s only the merest suggestion of an education system for these juveniles, but credibility’s secondary when you’ve got lots of dogs doing cute stuff. There’s a treadmill for automated walkies, a canine-operated ball thrower, while bodily functions are catered for by production-line poop-scooping. A whole spectrum of breeds, shapes and sizes supply the aww-factor (pugs with aerobics headbands), but there’s some welcome emotional underpinning too, since the foster kids need a good home as much as their four-legged friends. Enter Don Cheadle as a kindly social services officer: when they start giving actors awards for films they’d rather leave off their CVs, he’ll be up there on the podium.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday February 13 2009
Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Thor Freudenthal
Screenwriter: Jeff Lowell, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Cast: Emma Roberts
Jake T. Austin
Don Cheadle
Lisa Kudrow
Kevin Dillon
Johnny Simmons
Kyla Pratt
Troy Gentile

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:0
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  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Took my 6 year old to see it and she loved it, a great morning's entertainment for the kids.


Took my 6 year old to see it and she loved it, a great morning's entertainment for the kids.


i dont usually agree with kids reviews on this website as the reviewers are adults personally i love the film


i dont usually agree with kids reviews on this website as the reviewers are adults personally i love the film


This film is crap it bored me it mite aswell be a hotel 4 cats or horses that would have been better i for shanshan i think your wrong u must be a baby if u cried all round it was amazing 5 stars


This film is crap it bored me it mite aswell be a hotel 4 cats or horses that would have been better i for shanshan i think your wrong u must be a baby if u cried all round it was amazing 5 stars


Best children's film we have seen for a long time. Went with my two grandson's, 5 & 12.We loved it.


Best children's film we have seen for a long time. Went with my two grandson's, 5 & 12.We loved it.


hotel for dogs? more like hotel for my girlfriend wwwwwwwwooooooooooofffffffffffffffffffffff


This is a really good film! I couldn't watch it without a few tears, but in the end I was sort of having tears because it was really happy.


This is a really good film! I couldn't watch it without a few tears, but in the end I was sort of having tears because it was really happy.


im of to go and see this film on sunday soooo looking forward to it!! from all the reviews !!!! if i like it i will recomend it to everyone !!! go and see the film LOL !!!!!!!!


im of to go and see this film on sunday soooo looking forward to it!! from all the reviews !!!! if i like it i will recomend it to everyone !!! go and see the film LOL !!!!!!!!


I loved this film, great for kids and adults, just take a hankie as I cant imagine watching this without shedding a few tears.


I loved this film, great for kids and adults, just take a hankie as I cant imagine watching this without shedding a few tears.


might go and see this today with the kids does look good will have to see eh? lol i will tell you all later lol


might go and see this today with the kids does look good will have to see eh? lol i will tell you all later lol


I took my 13 yr old son to see this film and it was brill!!! especially if you love dogs! would recomended this film to anyone! great family film!


I took my 13 yr old son to see this film and it was brill!!! especially if you love dogs! would recomended this film to anyone! great family film!


saw it 1 and gunna see it again for my party!!!!!!!! it is well good! ;) if u havent watched it yet go and wach it!!!!


saw it 1 and gunna see it again for my party!!!!!!!! it is well good! ;) if u havent watched it yet go and wach it!!!!


going today to watch it how sad am I 18 and going to watch hotel for dogs ha but looks good whoop im going to watch it today taking my little brothers it best be good if I'm sat all he way threw a cartoon film they do my head in but I have heard this Is ment to be funny so I have booked the tickets


going today to watch it how sad am I 18 and going to watch hotel for dogs ha but looks good whoop im going to watch it today taking my little brothers it best be good if I'm sat all he way threw a cartoon film they do my head in but I have heard this Is ment to be funny so I have booked the tickets


Its one of the best film about dogs! LOVE IT AND ITS SO FUNNY! Have to watch it! WOULD DEFINITELY RECORDMEND THIS TO EVERYONE!!!!!


Its one of the best film about dogs! LOVE IT AND ITS SO FUNNY! Have to watch it! WOULD DEFINITELY RECORDMEND THIS TO EVERYONE!!!!!


I've Seen The Preview Nd Me And My Lil Cousin An dBest Fwend Are Goin To Watch It Today..


I've Seen The Preview Nd Me And My Lil Cousin An dBest Fwend Are Goin To Watch It Today..


I Might Be Going To See This Today With My Best Mate, I've Seen The Advertising For It And It Looks Really Good! What Do You Think Is The Most Appropriate Age For This Film? Comment Bak. xx


I Might Be Going To See This Today With My Best Mate, I've Seen The Advertising For It And It Looks Really Good! What Do You Think Is The Most Appropriate Age For This Film? Comment Bak. xx


omg u guys go with ure mum lol im goin on a doulbe date me nd my bf charlie nd my m8 rachel nd her bf harry nd this film look wiked cant wait too seee itt!!!!!


omg u guys go with ure mum lol im goin on a doulbe date me nd my bf charlie nd my m8 rachel nd her bf harry nd this film look wiked cant wait too seee itt!!!!!


everyone who said this was a bad film must of been watching a different film my wife and i and our two children loved it !

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