Film / Hotel for Dogs
Hotel For Dogs is a 2009 Children's Comedy film from Nickelodeon based on the novel of the same name.

Orphans Andi and Bruce have kept their dog Friday, the only family member they have left apart from themselves, a secret from every set of foster parents they've had so far. However, there have been many close calls, and on one night after they rescue Friday from the pound, they are forced to hide in an abandoned hotel after being chased by police officers, falsely accused of burglary. They discover that the hotel is already home to two dogs, and in time, they realize that the hotel makes the perfect hiding place for Friday. As a few more teens get involved with what they are doing, they decide that they will take in every stray that they find, and give them a home at the hotel for dogs.

Reception on the movie was mixed, focusing mainly on children's entertainment, and the lack of appeal to older age groups, and the strong impression of Pounds Are Animal Prisons, even having most of the animal shelter employees act in a cocky and gloating manner.

Tropes present:

  • Affably Evil: One could definitely say this about the pound employees. Though they're not technically evil, they're the closest things to antagonists this movie's got.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Most of the dogs behave in an above intelligent sort of way.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch Lois' stuff, or she'll sue everybody.
  • Creative Closing Credits: Many of the cast and crew have dogs, and they take pride in appearing with them as the credits roll.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Averted. These dogs are much more intelligent than normal dogs.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: The three-legged dog that the kids rescue.
  • Kavorka Man: Mark is successful with Heather.
  • Large Ham: The pound employees.
  • Little Girl, Big Buddy: Georgia and Lenny.
  • Parental Abandonment: Andi and Bruce. Its implied that their parents have passed away
  • Pounds Are Animal Prisons: Fits this trope to a T. The group of teenagers actually goes as far to rescue dogs from the dog-catcher's van.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Heather. She's played by Kyla Pratt.
  • Villainy Free Villains: The Dog-catchers, just a bunch of guys doing their jobs, but they have to be evil and jerky about it, so they can be seen as bad guys who deserve to be assaulted by the heroes for their choice of profession. Likewise, the cops are referred to as goons for doing their jobs and trying to stop the heroes' highly illegal stunts throughout the climax.