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Hotel for Dogs [Blu-ray] (2009)

Emma Roberts , Jake T. Austin , Thor Freudenthal  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle, Johnny Simmons
  • Directors: Thor Freudenthal
  • Writers: Jeff Lowell, Lois Duncan, Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley
  • Producers: Ewan Leslie, Gerald D. Moon, Ivan Reitman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UJIMG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hotel for Dogs [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Hotel For Dogs is a funny, heartwarming and inspiring animal adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When 16-year old, Andi (Roberts), and her younger brother Bruce (Austin) find themselves in a foster home with a strict no pets policy, they must use their quick wit to find a new home for their dog, Friday. When they stumble into an abandoned hotel, they realize they can transform it into the perfect place for Friday- as well as all the strays in the city. What began as a crusade to save one dog becomes a high stakes adventure as everyone around them starts to wonder- who let the dogs in?

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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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Hotel is no Red Woof Inn! February 3, 2009
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Dog-Gone Classic For The Family March 14, 2009
By julie
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
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average fleabag hotel at all! March 6, 2009
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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dogs not a total dog November 24, 2009
By Harry
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
We bought this to play for the kids at church, and I was skeptical. It's a better movie than the title implies. Lot's of cliches' but reasonably well acted. And we didn't have to worry about content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever! By: Kiley Moe February 8, 2010
A Kid's Review
I'm a major dog lover, so when I saw that a movie like Hotel for Dogs came out I rushed to go and see it.
Hotel for Dogs is about two orphans finding an abandoned hotel and saving all the stray dogs in town from the pound. They run into a few conflicts but manage to get past them with help from others!
Hotel for Dogs is for sure a good movie, filled with sad moments and happy moments. Amazing family movie!!! I give it four and a half stars!
My favorite scene or the funniest is when the two adults fall into the entire nasty dog poop!! This is very nasty!! Luckily, they were in bags.
The movie crew and cast did an amazing job dog training all the dogs. Training them to walk where they need to and when to bark or whine was just wonderful!!
This movie really brings out the dog lover in people. It also shows how SOME shelters treat dogs and other poor animals! It really made me take a step back and think about the poor animals and what they go through in this world!
WONDERFUL movie is all I have left to say!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So so
Published 13 days ago by Sherry L. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment for a rainy day
Hotel for Dogs is a very cute movie for those who like kid/animal stories. This one went a bit over board with the foster home situation but did bring out the difficulties involved... Read more
Published 16 days ago by BeverlyD
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting and plot
Not a great movie, but it was entertaining and held my interest. If you like dogs, you would probably enjoy it.
Published 27 days ago by Bozoman
5.0 out of 5 stars My grand daughter loves watching movies and we love family oriented...
Arrived very quickly! My grand daughter loves watching movies and we love family oriented ones! Perfect fit!
Published 29 days ago by Nikole K Chastain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ana Y. Donate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie!
It was a laugh-out-loud cute movie not just for kids.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Cahill
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Movie
Hotel for Dogs is a little sad, funny, and honestly, quite an adorable movie.
It's centered around two orphaned siblings - you never find out how they were orphaned - by the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grace Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a family favorite
Published 1 month ago by Judith Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 5 yo twins loved it. Cute family movie.
Published 1 month ago by jennifer r murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid & Dogs.. What's not to love!
This is a surprisingly good family movie. Clever gadgets, a solid cast and dogs made for a great night of watching.
Published 1 month ago by JPbluzharp
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