Hotel for Dogs

Theatrical Release: January 16, 2009
DVD Release: April 28, 2009
Hotel for Dogs


“Hotel for Dogs,” is a smart, funny comedy adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When 16 year old Andi (Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Austin), find themselves in a foster home with a strict “no pets” policy, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and begin transforming it into the perfect home for Friday – as well as all the strays in the city. in no time, the kids have transformed the old hotel into something truly magical: a home for both the dogs and for themselves. But they have also aroused the suspicions of the police who want to know – who let the dogs in?

Dove Review

When a brother and a sister, that are in the “system”, try to keep their dog and stay together, some comical situations are bound to happen. Andi and Bruce go outside the rules to try and keep their dog, Friday. In the process they add more pets and make some good friendships. Although the group gets into trouble, they want what is best for everyone.

Some children do not get the best of parents whether they are birth parents, adoptive parents or foster parents. This movie does not show the best side of the foster system. But, Andi and Bruce try to overcome their situation so they can stay together. They may not always follow the rules but in their hearts they are trying to do something good not only for themselves but for the dogs that have become family to them.

“Hotel for Dogs” is a heartwarming comedy that will have you laughing out loud at times. Then at other times you may want to get the Kleenex. This is a cute lovable movie for the pet lover and the entire family. The Dove Foundation is proud to award the Dove Seal to this production.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple kiss.
Language: OMG/G-5; Crap-2
Violence: Young kids pawn a rock in merchandise box for money; dog steals hot dog; foster parent grabs boy; children break into dog pound.
Drugs: None
Nudity: A butt crack is shown; cleavage.
Other: Issues dealing with foster parents and children; dog bathroom humor; caseworker lies to foster parents.


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Producer: Jonathan Gordon
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe