[[caption-width: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.”
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 Brian and Kyle 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 Rutlidge checks in the hotel in hopes of stealing valuables with his specially trained orangutan, Dunston who was forced into a life of crime by his violent owner. When Dunston flees his malevolent master in hopes to escape, the primate makes some merry mischief in the glamorous hostelry upon meeting Robert’s young son Kyle, much to the chagrin of the frantic hotel staff and befuddled guests. Along with causing mischief while keeping Dunston a secret, Kyle tries to help Dunston out of stealing. Unfortunately, things get much more difficult when Robert catches sight of Dunston and calls the determined but inept animal control officer [=LeFarge=] to kills 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.]]
* 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.]]
* ClusterFBomb: When seeing Dunston:
-->'''Robert''' HOLY SHIT!!!
* DeadPartner: Dunston used to work with another orangutan named Winston, and he has a photo of the two of them together. It's heavily implied that [[YouHaveFailedMe Rutledge had Winston 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]]
* HereWeGoAgain: The Grants move to a brand new hotel, and then the very same inspector shows up ''there'' and Dunston immediately starts ruining his stay.
* HomeAloneAntics: The boys put their prank-playing expertise to use foiling a jewel thief.
* 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:
-->''[Rutledge brandishes a wine bottle]''
-->'''Grant''': NO! NO! That's the Chateau Lafitte.
-->'''Rutledge''': ''[looks at it]'' Good year.
-->''[puts it away, fighting resumes]''
* 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.
* 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, apparently often.
* ShoutOut: Kyle has a Franchise/SpiderMan doll.
** Clips from ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' and ''Film/KingKong'' are seen.
** A drawing of the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Red Ranger]] can be seen in Robert’s office.
** Robert says that Mrs. Dubrow "once kicked [[Sereis/SesameStreet Big Bird]] in the nuts."
* TropicalEpilogue: [[spoiler:The family adopt Dunston and move to manage 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.
--> '''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.