Hotel for Dogs

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"No stray gets turned away."
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 5.5  (24,850)
  • 51

Hotel for Dogs is a heartwarming family film that was released in 2009. The movie is directed by Thor Freudenthal and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner. The story is based on the novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film follows the lives of two orphans, Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother Bruce (Jake T. Austin), who are living with their foster parents, Lois (Lisa Kudrow) and Carl Scudder (Kevin Dillon). Andi is a smart and resourceful girl who has a passion for stray dogs. She loves her dog Friday, but their foster parents do not allow pets in the house. Andi and Bruce have to hide Friday in their apartment and take him out for walks secretly.

Andi and Bruce are searching for a permanent home for Friday, and they come across an abandoned hotel. The hotel is in a dilapidated state but is the perfect place for stray dogs to live. Andi and Bruce decide to take in the stray dogs and turn the hotel into a makeshift shelter for them. They call it the "Hotel for Dogs." They use everything they can find on the street to make the hotel a comfortable place for the dogs to live.

The movie's plot is centered around Andi and Bruce's mission to keep the hotel for dogs a secret from their foster parents and the authorities while finding a way to take care of all of the dogs that stay there. With the help of their friends, Dave (Johnny Simmons) and Heather (Kyla Pratt), they manage to pull off their plan.

As the story progresses, the viewers see how Andi and Bruce's love for the dogs makes them take risks to keep the hotel for dogs running. Bruce also gets a new-found sense of responsibility and grows closer to his sister through their shared passion for dogs. Meanwhile, Lois and Carl are busy running a pet store where they keep dogs locked up in small cages, and Andi and Bruce realize that it is their duty to rescue them too.

Andi and Bruce's determination to keep the hotel for dogs going leads them into several hilarious and heartwarming situations. They also face a lot of challenges along the way, including dealing with the authorities, the dog catcher, and finding enough food and resources for all the dogs.

Throughout the movie, there is a strong message about the importance of kindness, loyalty, and the love between humans and dogs. The film touches upon issues such as animal welfare, homelessness, and the adoption process. It teaches children that everyone, including stray dogs, deserves a home and a family.

The acting in the movie is commendable, Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin deliver touching and convincing performances as siblings taking care of stray dogs. Lisa Kudrow brings a lot of humor to the film as their foster mother, who is oblivious to their mission of keeping the hotel for dogs. Kevin Dillon is also noteworthy in his portrayal of the gruff foster father with a soft spot for Friday, and the voice of Don Cheadle as the dog, Bernie, adds another layer of charm to the film.

The movie's visual effects are also commendable, and the scenes featuring the dogs are adorable and heartwarming. The set design of the hotel for dogs is impressive, and it truly feels like a place where the dogs can call home.

In conclusion, Hotel for Dogs is a heartwarming and entertaining movie that is perfect for families who love dogs. The movie is full of humor, adventure, and a strong message for children about the importance of compassion and kindness towards animals. Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, and Lisa Kudrow give engaging performances that bring the story to life. The movie is a must-watch for all dog lovers and anyone who wants to be reminded of the power of love and kindness.

Hotel for Dogs is a 2009 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5 and a MetaScore of 51.

Hotel for Dogs
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