HOTEL FOR DOGS 2009

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Family comedy adventure which sees two orphans deciding to rescue a city's stray dogs. Arriving at a foster home with a 'strictly no pets' policy, 16-year-old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother Bruce (Jake T. Austin) realise they'll have to find a home for their dog Friday. On a trip downtown, the kids discover an old disused hotel that would be ideal for their needs.

Starring:
Emma Roberts,Jake T. Austin
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Comedy
Director Thor Freudenthal
Starring Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin
Supporting actors Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, Don Cheadle, Kyla Pratt
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By W. Martin on 24 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
We took our kids (age 2 and 5) to see this at the cinema. Initially it seemed way over their heads and looked as though it was going to be quite serious and heavy going. After a while though I noticed my girls were hooked. It had a good balance of humour and cute animals doing daft things, with more poignant human moments. My girls were smiling through much of the film and my eldest was seen wiping her eyes after a more sad scene. Both came out of the film raving about going to watch it again... and we enjoyed it to. It'll not win awards but is a good family film, worth a watch or two.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Hirst on 13 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
My daughter and I saw this at the cinema. Yes, the acting is a bit hammy, but it has excitement and a sweet message and dogs that talk (sort of) and in this age of craziness it's a breath of fresh air. We loved it and have pre-ordered on dvd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
This children's drama/mild comedy, directed by Thor Freudenthal, is made by Dreamworks and Nickelodeon and is based on a novel by Lois Duncan. The central human characters (16-year-old Andi and her 11-year-old brother Bruce) are streetwise foster children who despite their clean-cut American niceness have been through five sets of foster parents, presumably because they run a variety of scams to raise money. They fall in love with a cute little dog they call Friday and because they can't take him to their own home they find him an ideal shelter, a huge abandoned hotel that Bruce transforms thanks to his engineering genius. Friday is soon joined by all kinds of furry friends in this animal paradise, so many in fact that their barks alert the neighbours...and the local pound, who can't understand why so many stray dogs are going missing. Andi and Bruce will have to call on all their friends and all their imagination to stop the hotel's secret from being discovered.

The most appreciative audience for this is probably quite narrow - say between 10 and 16 - because there's a lot of dialogue that primary-school-age children might grow bored with, and very little comedy to appeal to adults. The story itself is OK but lacking in any credibility; at times it has more of a TV-series look about it than a cinematic feature film, and in the end it depends a lot on how cute you find the dogs. There's very little to make you laugh out loud, more a case of a few smiles here and the odd chuckle there. The dogs are well trained of course and their contribution to making this film have any point is considerable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Nicholson on 7 July 2009
Format: DVD
I found this film a very good film. When I first saw the adverts I thought it looked kind of boring. I watched it and found it quite entertaining and thought that the acting was actually quite good. If you are looking for a laid back easy film then this is the film for you. I would definitely recommend you give this film a chance before you knock it. If you like films like Beethoven I reckon you will probably like this too.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 26 July 2009
Format: DVD
I am 8 and i think that every child should see this dvd i think it is funny and i love it please watch it you will love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By debbie8355 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
This is a superb, funny and highly entertaining film. The acting is excellent and I still can't decide whether the dogs, adults or children steal the show as they are all brilliant. There is a high class adult cast list which will keep adults entertained - it's worth the price just to see Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon hamming it up as terrible rock stars and the world's worst foster parents compared to the quiet authority of Don Cheadle. This is such a humourous film it will have you laughing out loud. The highlight is the 'hotel' which the children develop into a dogs' wonderland with some absolutely fantastic fun and practical inventions.
Rather than just being a 'for laughs' romp there is also a strong understory of the two children desperately trying to stay together in foster care rather than being separated into different childrens homes because of the transitional age of the older sister. It's treated matter of factly rather than sentimentally and provides a much stronger than average plot for a childrens' film.
Any children who liked High School Musical should also like the teen romance story of the sister and pet shop assistant.
The end of the film does crank up the tear factor of the 'unwanted' children and dogs in the final few minutes and perhaps then it could be accused of being a hollywood mush fest but I thoroughly enjoyed it and had more than a tear in my eye.
Very highly recommended especially for dog lovers. My 9 year old daughter and 7 and 4 year old sons love this film and so do I.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Customer on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
Hotel for dogs is quit a good film. If you love animulls this is the perfect film espesully if you like dogs.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
HOTEL FOR DOGS is a charming, unassuming film about two siblings who are in the foster-care system who take it upon themselves to set up a hotel for dogs, offering sanctuary to those canines who have no family or home of their own. As the children try to find a place for themselves in the world, so too do they try and find a suitable place for the stary dogs of New York. This creates a stroyline which has plenty of funny incidents involving the dogs - who are all very cute - as well as setting up a nicely sentimental and touching story for the humans at the centre of the film.
I have seen it twice now and I found myself still laughing along at the antics of the dogs as well as crying my eyes out at the end. For family entertainment you can't really go wrong with a film like this.
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