Hotel for DogsJanuary 16, 2009
Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 5.0/10 (6,865 voted)
Critic's Score: 51/100
Stars: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow
Animals are strictly forbidden at Andi and her little brother Bruce's foster home. But for Friday, the adorable dog they secretly care for, they're ready to risk everything. They finally find him an ideal shelter, a huge abandoned hotel that Bruce transforms thanks to his engineering genius. In what has become an incredible paradise for dogs, Friday is soon joined by all kinds of furry friends, so many in fact that their barks alert the neighbors…and the local pound, who can't understand the disappearance of all the stray dogs. Andi and Bruce will have to call on all their friends and all their imagination to stop the hotel's secret from being discovered.
Writers: Jeff Lowell, Robert Schooley
Jake T. Austin
Yvette Nicole Brown
(as Maximiliano Hernandez)
Who let the dogs in?
Release Date: 16 January 2009
Filming Locations: Backlot, Universal Studios – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $17,012,212
(18 January 2009)
(24 May 2009)
Did You Know?
The first Nickelodeon film to not be co-produced with Paramount Pictures or one of its divisions. The film is instead co-produced with Paramount's partner DreamWorks.
When Friday smells the man eating the hot dog, the hot dog does not have ketchup on it. But, when Friday is watching the man eat the hot dog, the hot dog has ketchup.
You sold a guy a rock in a box for $20.
The dogs were amusing, the people less so
I saw a preview of this film with kids 6, 7 and 12. We are a dog-loving
family, so perhaps we were biased to enjoy the film. That said, we were
split on our review. The adults and 12 year old were bored; the two
youngsters were thrilled! Hence the score of 6.
Overall, this was a harmless movie featuring a few humans and many
trained dogs. It was sugary and nice – there was no real threat
anywhere in the film of something bad happening (thus it is kid-safe
for very young kids). And they've reduced the idea of foster homes down
to a concocted McNugget of a concept. My younger kids didn't even
follow that theme at all.
What they did follow, and what I found most redeeming, were the
numerous cutesy dog tricks and toys. The creators of the film did a
nice job inventing clever ways to mechanize the caring for dogs (think
the breakfast scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). That was fun. And the
dogs were cute.
For me the drawbacks were these: Slow start, unfunny 'comic' characters
– like the foster parents and dog catchers, and a lame plot.
But ultimately – we had a nice outing, and you will too. And you will
emerge from the film MORE likely to go get a dog of your own.