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Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A clever, breezy, but predictable family comedy that tells a delightfully wacky story but will mostly entertain younger audiences.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Gadgets, Gizmos & Cool Contraptions; K-9 casting; Bark on Cue!; A Home for Everyone: The Making of Hotel for Dogs; Howl-arious deleted scenes; Cast & crew commentary featuring Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin

Emma Roberts ... Andi
Jake T. Austin ... Bruce
Don Cheadle ... Bernie
Johnny Simmons ... Dave
Kyla Pratt ... Heather
Troy Gentile ... Mark
Lisa Kudrow ... Lois Scudder
Kevin Dillon ... Carl Scudder

Hotel for Dogs
16 year old Andi (Emma Roberts "Nancy Drew") and her brother 11 year old Bruce (Jake T. Austin - TV's "Go Diego Go") have lived in five different foster homes since their parents died two years ago. Their concerned social worker (Don Cheadle "Hotel Rwanda") warns them that their current situation is their final chance to stay together. But Andi and Bruce can no longer hide their dog Friday from their buffoonish foster-parents Lois (Lisa Kudrow - TV's "Friends") and Carl (Kevin Dillon - TV's "Entourage")  and the lengths they go to in order to keep Friday safe and fed frequently get them into trouble with the authorities, much to the distress of Bernie who works overtime trying to find a permanent home for the kids.

By accident one night Andi, Bruce and Friday find themselves in a deserted hotel where a couple of stray dogs have taken refuge. They add Friday to the pack, and before long a whole bunch of additional dogs, many rescued from the city pound where, if left unclaimed, they’ll be euthanized, are living. They transform the hotel into a haven for stray dogs, aided by Bruce's innovative mechanical inventions. They also get some help from their new friends Dave (Johnny Simmons "Evan Almighty"), a pet shop clerk, Heather (Kyla Pratt "Dr. Dolittle"), his co-worker and Mark (Troy Gentile "Nacho Libre"), a neighborhood kid who quickly becomes interested in Heather..

Inevitably their arrangement goes awry, the dogs are rounded up, and a military-style rescue operation has to be mounted, but happily everything turns out well, not only for the canines but for Andi and Bruce as well. Director Thor Freudenthal ("Motel") has made a clever, breezy, but predictable family comedy that despite its delightfully wacky story will mostly entertain younger audiences.

Hotel for Dogs with Emma Roberts: DVD Cover


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