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Hotel for Dogs

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Original title
Hotel for Dogs
Running time
100 min.
United States United States
Jeff Lowell, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle (Novel: Lois Duncan)
John Debney
Michael Grady
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DreamWorks Pictures / Nickelodeon Movies / Cold Spring Pictures
Comedy | Animals. Dogs/Wolves. Family-friendly
Movie Groups
Lois Duncan Adaptations
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Synopsis / Plot
Based on Lois Duncan's novel, the story revolves around two orphaned teenagers who hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. "Hotel for Dogs" is a comedy adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When their new guardians forbid 16-year-old Andi and her younger brother, Bruce, from having a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and using Bruce's talents as a mechanical genius, transform it into a magical dog-paradise for Friday - and eventually for all Friday's friends. When barking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce use every invention they have to avoid anyone discovering "who let the dogs in."
Critics' reviews
  • "A lively, funny, imaginative film that should appeal to kids and their pet-loving parents."
  • "Hotel for Dogs is agreeable Saturday afternoon multiplex piffle - friendly, formulaic, completely harmless."
  • "The movie's best moments involve the pooches living in a once-elegant hotel. But the human dramas are less involving (...) it's hard to resist this lively, though predictable, family movie. (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)."
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