[[caption-width-right:190:And they say a boy’s best friend is a dog . . .]]
->''“He's about to turn a Five Star Hotel into a three ring circus.”''
-->-- '''Tagline'''

Written by John Hopkins and Bruce Graham, '''''Dunston Checks In''''' is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Ken Kwapis. The movie stars Creator/JasonAlexander, Eric Lloyd, Faye Dunaway, Rupert Everett, Creator/PaulReubens and Glenn Shadix.

As beleaguered manager of the luxurious Majestic Hotel, Robert Grant not only deftly juggles with keeping the hotel in order, but he has to control his troublesome and mischievous sons as he prepares for the hotel's upcoming annual gala. Things get complicated when his snobbish boss Mrs. [=Dubrow=], owner of the establishment, shows up with unwelcome news: A ''Le Monde'' travel association undercover as a guest is slated to award a sixth star to the most elite five-star hotels in the world. If Robert does well, he might get promoted and some time off to take his sons on vacation... but if the Majestic Hotel doesn't get the sixth star, he loses his job.

Then jewel thief Lord Rutledge checks into the hotel in hopes of stealing valuables with his specially trained orangutan, Dunston. When Dunston flees his malevolent master, he inevitably causes mayhem wherever he goes, eventually meeting Robert's youngest son Kyle, with whom he forms a close bond. Unfortunately, things get much more difficult when Robert catches sight of Dunston and calls the determined but inept animal control officer [=LeFarge=] to kill the orangutan.


!!This movie provides examples of:

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Orangutan]]
* AffablyEvil: [[AristocratsAreEvil Lord]] Rutledge.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The final scene shows that Dunston is in Bali and has a baby with his mate.]]
* BadBoss: Mrs. [=DuBrow=], who has no problem firing her own employees just for the pure heck of it; she even has a hotel alert named for her by her staff whenever she turns up in person.
* ButtMonkey[=/=]ChewToy: Lionel Spaulding is often the victim of pratfalls and other forms of comedic abuse. Lampshaded when [=LaFarge=] [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slaps him]]:
-->"Why is everyone in this hotel always ''slapping'' me?!"
* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler: Kyle ends up this way when Rutledge discovers Dunston's hiding place.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Buck [=LaFarge=]; being played by Paul Reubens helps.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: [[spoiler:Just as Rutledge gets an advantage on Robert during the kitchen fight, Brian smacks him in the face with a mop.]]
* DeadPartner: Dunston used to work with his brother Samson, and he has a photo of the two of them together. It's heavily implied that [[YouHaveFailedMe Rutledge had Samson killed for failing him in the past.]]
* DescriptionCut: "As of this moment, they are both on their best behavior." Cut to Kyle, Brian, and Dunston making a mess of a hotel room they snuck into.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Better with Orangutans]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As Robert is in a meeting, [=LaFarge=] is searching for - and getting attacked by - Dunston right outside the window just behind him.
* HammyHerald: "[=DuBrow=] alert!"
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:Lionel Spaulding checks into the Grants' new hotel in Bali, and almost immediately Dunston starts causing trouble for him again.]]
* HomeAloneAntics: The boys put their prank-playing expertise to use foiling a jewel thief.
* HotelHellion: Kyle and Brian play pranks on the hotel guests for fun. Naturally things only escalate when Dunston shows up.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The fight in the kitchen. Among the implements used are a ladle, a whisk, and a 20-pound bag of coffee beans. And a wine bottle, almost.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Robert and Mrs. [=DuBrow=] think Lord Rutledge is the Le Monde agent, when really it's [[spoiler:Lionel Spaulding.]]
* MissingMom: Kyle and Brian's mother is implied to have passed away; not that it has much bearing on the plot in this case.
* NiceGuy: Mr. [=DuBrow=] is much friendlier than his shrew of a wife.
* PapaWolf: Robert [[spoiler:throws Rutledge into a table for tying up Kyle.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: When seeing Dunston:
-->'''Robert''' HOLY SHIT!!!
* PutOnABus: In-universe example; Mr. [=DuBrow=] comes to see Kyle and Dunston in person while Mrs. [=DuBrow=] is away "scouting hotel sites in Alaska".
* RealityEnsues: When Robert sees Dunston, he calls [=LaFarge=] -- for all he knows, the orangutan could be dangerous.
* SecretKeeper: Brian becomes this in regards to Kyle's friendship with Dunston.
* SiblingTeam: Kyle and Brian team up to pull pranks on hotel guests.
* ShoutOut: Kyle has a Franchise/SpiderMan doll.
** Clips from ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' and ''Film/KingKong1933'' are seen.
** A drawing of the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Red Ranger]] can be seen in Robert’s office.
** Robert says that Mrs. [=DuBrow=] "once kicked [[Series/SesameStreet Big Bird]] in the nuts."
* TrailersAlwaysLie: A teaser trailer begins with a Christmas theme as who we thought was Santa Claus coming down the chiminea is Dunston.
* TropicalEpilogue: [[spoiler:The family adopt Dunston and move to a hotel in Bali, simultaneously giving themselves that holiday they always wanted (even if it's rather a BusmansHoliday for Robert) and giving Dunston a more suitable home.]]
* TrustMeImADoctor: When attempting to hide Dunston in a hotel room, the brothers check him in under a name randomly picked from the phone book, and just for good measure, make him a doctor:
--> '''Brian''': Got it. Lam Binh Ngoc. ''Doctor'' Lam Binh Ngoc. If they think you're a doctor, you can get away with anything.
* VerbalJudo: Between Lord Rutledge, Robert, and Mrs. [=DuBrow=]:
--> '''Lord Rutledge''': Well, from the look of the soup, it appears one of the chefs has a severe hair loss problem. Other than that, it was absolutely delightful. Good night.
--> ''[later]''
--> '''Mrs. [=DuBrow=]''': Well? How was his meal?
--> '''Mr. Grant''': Well, I believe he used the words "absolutely delightful".
* WouldHurtAChild: During the climax, when Kyle prevents [=LaFarge=] from shooting Dunston, a furious Mrs.[=DuBrow=] tries to catch the boy. Dunston saves Kyle by knocking [=DuBrow=] into a huge cake.
* YouAreGrounded: After Kyle and Brian pull a prank on hotel guests in the beginning of the movie.