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Overview - Thor Freudenthal makes his feature-film directorial debut with this adaptation of Lois Duncan’s children’s book HOTEL FOR DOGS. Sixteen-year old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Jake T. Austin), are orphans living with their foster parents (Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon), two washed-up musicians.  Read more...

 

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Thor Freudenthal makes his feature-film directorial debut with this adaptation of Lois Duncan’s children’s book HOTEL FOR DOGS. Sixteen-year old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Jake T. Austin), are orphans living with their foster parents (Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon), two washed-up musicians. Desperate to keep what’s left of their family together, Andi and Bruce have secretly been caring for their family dog, Friday, on the sly for the last few years. When they follow their beloved pet into an abandoned hotel and find stray dogs living there, Andi and Bruce decide to round up all the strays in the city and expand their family. With the help of Dave (Johnny Simmons) and Heather (Kyla Pratt), two teens who work at the local pet store, they transform the abandoned hotel into a canine wonderland, using young Bruce’s skills as an inventor to make an automated feeding system, doggie restrooms, and some fun amusements, such as a car-ride simulation and a fetching machine. But if Animal Control has their way, all the residents of the hotel will be taken to the pound, and it’s up to Andi and Bruce to save their new family. This heartwarming tale reinforces the importance of family and the idea that families can come in many shapes and sizes. Although the idea itself is pretty improbable, it’s still loads of fun to see the gadgets and gizmos that Bruce creates to keep the dogs fed, in shape, and content. Roberts and Austin are believable as brother and sister, and Kudrow and Dillon are amusing as washed-up '80s rockers. Don Cheadle also appears as the compassionate social worker assigned to Andi and Bruce’s case.

Cast List

Emma Roberts - Actress in SPYMATE
Lisa Kudrow - American TV/Film Actress
Thor Freudenthal - Director
Ewan Leslie - SHE'S THE MAN (2006)
Ivan Reitman - Canadian Director/Producer
Kevin Dillon - American Actor, ENTOURAGE
Michael Grady - Director of Photography
Jake T. Austin - Actor, YANKEE IRVING (2006)
Jake Szymanski - Actor, YANKEE IRVING (2006)
Lauren Shuler Donner - Producer
Tom Pollock - Producer
Kyla Pratt
John Debney - Composer/"Hocus Pocus"
Jonathan Gordon - Producer
Lois Duncan
Don Cheadle - Actor
Jeff Lowell - Screenwriter, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE (2006)
Jason Clark - Executive Producer
Jeffrey Clifford - Producer

 
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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Dogs
Based On A Novel

 
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"[HOTEL FOR DOGS] features a cast of so many endearing dogs that there's a purebred or adorable mutt of everyone's tastes." - 01/16/2009 USA Today


"Think of HOTEL FOR DOGS as a sort of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE with canines....What it is packed with is lots of sneaking around, very cool gadgets, excellent stunts and some clever kids..." - 01/16/2009 Los Angeles Times


"HOTEL FOR DOGS is a fantasy and looks like one....Ultimately warm and furry..." - 01/16/2009 Variety


"Based on Lois Duncan's wonderful children's book, the film mixes laughs, heart and action while also throwing in a nice message about the importance of a family unit." - 01/14/2009 Box Office


"This comedy, starring perfectly pleasant up-and-comer Emma Roberts is about kids, not parents....The movie could do something really positive for the cause of homeless pets..." - 01/16/2009 Washington Post


"The dogs in HOTEL FOR DOGS perform breathtaking stunts, touching love scenes, heart-breaking soliloquies with their eyes and clever, clever tricks." - 01/11/2009 Hollywood Reporter

 
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