HOTEL FOR DOGS

Comical Canine Caper for Kids and Their Kinfolk

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Release Date: January 16, 2009

Starring: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Kyla Pratt, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, Don Cheadle, Johnny Simmons, and Troy Gentile

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: G

Runtime: 100 minutes

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Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO, Paramount Pictures
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Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
Website: www.paramount.com

Content:

(BB, V, MM) Strong moral worldview promoting family but marred a bit by orphaned children challenging authority, stealing and conning people, which is not fully punished or rebuked; no foul language, but some scatological humor regarding housebreaking dogs; some relatively light comical and slapstick violence such as big dog chases little dog (which may scare younger children), dog catchers capture and imprison dogs and pratfalls; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, stealing, breaking laws and conning people out of money is not rebuked completely.

Summary:

HOTEL FOR DOGS stars Emma Roberts of NANCY DREW, as a 16-year-old girl with foster parents who, with her clever younger brother, transforms an abandoned hotel into a place where their own pet and stray dogs can stay. HOTEL FOR DOGS is a delightful, playful and funny family movie, but some scary, sad moments, scatological humor and other elements require caution and media wisdom for younger children.

Review:

HOTEL FOR DOGS is a delightful family comedy that will bring lots of joy to moviegoers this January.

In the story, Emma Roberts plays a 16-year-old girl named Andi who, with her younger brother, Bruce, is placed in a foster home with a no pets policy. Andi quickly has to find a home for their dog, Friday. She and Bruce discover an abandoned hotel with some dogs already living there.

In no time at all, Andi and Bruce transform the hotel into the perfect home for Friday, and all the other strays in the city. The ritzy Hotel for Dogs attracts the attention, however, of the neighbors and the suddenly out-of-work dogcatchers, who want to know, Who let the dogs in?

HOTEL FOR DOGS is a delightful, playful and funny family movie. It also ends on a positive note that promotes family. The child characters sometimes do things like challenging authority, conning people, stealing, and breaking the law, however, to help stray dogs. They suffer the consequences for their actions, but there is no real repentance. Even so, the movie has no foul language, though there is some mild scatological humor regarding the animals.

All in all, therefore, HOTEL FOR DOGS is charming family entertainment, but some brief scary moments require caution for younger children.

In Brief:

HOTEL FOR DOGS stars Emma Roberts of NANCY DREW, as a 16-year-old girl named Andi who, with her younger brother, Bruce, is placed in a foster home with a no pets policy. Andi has to find a home for their dog, Friday. She and Bruce discover an abandoned hotel with some dogs living there. In no time at all, Andi and Bruce transform the hotel into the perfect home for Friday, and all the other strays in the city. The ritzy Hotel for Dogs attracts the attention, however, of the neighbors and the suddenly out-of-work dogcatchers, who want to know, Who let the dogs in?

HOTEL FOR DOGS is a delightful, playful and funny family movie. It also ends on a positive note that promotes family. The child characters, however, sometimes do things like challenge authority, con people and steal to help stray dogs. They suffer the consequences, but there is no real repentance. The movie has no foul language, though there is some mild scatological humor regarding the animals. All in all, HOTEL FOR DOGS is charming family entertainment, but some scary, sad moments require caution for younger children.