This humorous, light, dog movie was just what I needed to life my spirits after watching another disappointing loss by the Cleveland Browns. “Hotel For Dogs” has parallel story lines going: the first is a bunch of stray dogs that no one wants to find a home, the second is a brother and sister who have been bounced around in the foster care system in search of a real family. I love that both story lines have happy endings.
It’s not very realistic, but very amusing and entertaining. When the brother and sister find an old, unused hotel, they convert it into a shelter for dogs with all kinds of very nice amenities such as an automatic feeding machine, simulated car rides, treadmills for exercise, a vending machine containing “chewables,” and an automatic clean up bathroom facility. I thought this was a very cute movie and loved all the dogs that were in it. Parts were touching and I even shed a few tears of joy at the end when the dogs were being introduced to the community in a last ditch effort to let them stay in the hotel and keep their home. Thanks to a dedicated social worker, the kids found a good home in the end too.
The only thing I did not like about “Hotel For Dogs” was that the main boy and girl stole things and scammed people to get money at the beginning. I think that part could have been omitted except it served to show how they changed from being selfish brats to actually caring about others and becoming responsible.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves dogs and kids. I think kids would like it because the boy and girl were underdogs who acted on their passion and made a difference with the help of some like-minded friends. The beginning starts off a bit slow, in fact, my husband gave up on it, but it gets good so stick with it. After I told him how good it was, he felt bad for giving up on it and decided to watch the rest of it after all.