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Hotel for Dogs

100 min
Comedy | Family
IMDB rate:
Thor Freudenthal
1 win & 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-01-16
Filming Locations: Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
Budget: $35,000,000
Opening Weekend: $17,012,212 (USA) (18 January 2009)
Gross: $73,023,275 (USA) (24 May 2009)
Kyla Pratt
Kyla Pratt
Hotel for Dogs
Tiya Sircar
Tiya Sircar
Hotel for Dogs
Emma Roberts
Jake T. Austin
Don Cheadle
Johnny Simmons
Troy Gentile
Lisa Kudrow
Lois Scudder
Kevin Dillon
Carl Scudder
Ajay Naidu
ACO Jake
Eric Edelstein
Robinne Lee
Yvette Nicole Brown
Ms. Camwell
Maximiliano Hernández
Officer Mike
Andre Ware
Officer Jeff
Jonathan Klein
Ruben Garfias
Department Store Employee
Kenny Vibert
Stephen Liska
Desk Sergeant (as Steve Liska)
Jeremy Howard
Hot Dog Man
Mariah Buzolin
Britney Christian
Girl in TV Room
Jim Doughan
Male Reporter
Gina St. John
Female Reporter
Catherine McCord
Mathilda Frohmann
Carina Oakland
Susan Avalos
Mom with Kid in Car
Dwayne Swingler
Officer Clark
Gregory Sporleder
ACO Dooley
Brandon Avalos
Kid in Car
Brendan Wayne
ACO Tanner
Andrea Gold Robinson
Woman with Dog (as Andrea Gold)
Hira Ambrosino
Social Worker
Allison Curtis
Girl Watching Husky Puppies (uncredited)
Georgie Del Junco
Kid (uncredited)
Leslie Del Rosario
Alexa (uncredited)
Bailey Dent
Little Girl Playing with Puppy (uncredited)
Humberto Guida
Bellhop (uncredited)
Kelsey Higgs
Marianne's Friend (uncredited)
Kami Koren
Perfume Lady (uncredited)
Emily Kuroda
Social Worker
Breaunna Lake
Party Girl (uncredited)
Stefan Mavi
City Cop (uncredited)
Spiro Papas
Gyro Vendor (uncredited)
Ivan Reitman
Himself - Closing Credits Sequence (uncredited)
Ashley Rose
Orphan (uncredited)
Herself - Closing Credits Sequence (uncredited)
Cole Schaefer
Dad (uncredited)
Scott Sener
Bass Player (uncredited)
Arne Starr
Storeowner (uncredited)
Scott Trimble
Himself - Closing Credits Sequence (uncredited)
George F. Watson
Electronics Shopper (uncredited)
Did you know?
The birds flying past the camera from behind (at around 4 mins) were added digitally.
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One of 3 movies in which Emma Roberts has co-starred with a female lead from the TV series Friends. In Hotel for Dogs, she worked with Lisa Kudrow. She later worked with Courteney Cox in Scream 4 and with Jennifer Aniston in We're the Millers.
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Many different types of dogs can be seen in the film: Lenny is a Bullmastiff, Georgia is a Boston Terrier, Cooper is a English Bulldog, Shep is a Border Collie, Romeo is a Chinese Crested Dog, Juliet is a Poodle and Henry is a Beauceron.
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After taking dogs from an Animal Control truck, Mark, Andi, Bruce, Dave and Heather are shown (at around 48:41) in the alley by the hotel walking abreast toward the camera with dogs in their arms and on leashes. There are 8 cuts (9 shots) from 48:41 to 48:52 with many changes the specific dog(s) each kid controls and with Mark switching from the left side of the screen to the right and then back.
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At the party, a drink is spilled only down the front of Andi's dress (at around 01:02:00). When she returns to the hotel, the stain is all over the back and the front of her dress (at around 01:06:00).
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When Bruce first checks in Henry near the beginning of the movie, he writes Henry's name in green (at around 4 mins) following Friday's name inscribed in a heart. Later when Bernie is reading from the check-in book, Henry's name is in red (at around 27 mins) and follows Cooper.
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Bruce: If you look at it, dogs have three basic needs. That's- that's eatting, sleeping, peeing and pooping.
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Andi: [police see them where a store was broken into, the thieves just got away] We can't get in trouble again!
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Lois Scudder: I'm suing you, I'm suing the state, I'm suing those kids, I'm suing the people who make shrink wrap!
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
How closely does the movie follow the novel?
Those who have both seen the movie and read the novel say that there are a great number of differences. For starters, the children are not orphans, and the "hotel" is simply an old house down the street.
What is this film about?
The story revolves around two orphans, Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin), who refuse to give up their dog Friday as they move from foster home to foster home. They find an abandoned hotel, house their dog there, and wind up taking in all sorts of stray dogs. Unfortunately, Animal Control gets involved, the dogs are about to be put to sleep, and the kids have to break into the pound to save them.
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Photos from cast
Kyla Pratt Tiya Sircar
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