Andi (Emma Roberts) and her brother Bruce (Jake T Austin) are placed with musician foster parents Carl and Lois Scudder (Kevin Dillon, Lisa Kudrow), who care more about rehearsals than feeding two brats.
So Andi and Bruce take care of themselves, concealing their Jack Russell terrier Friday from the animal-hating Scudders.
During an altercation with local police, the siblings seek shelter in an abandoned hotel, which turns out to be home for two strays: a Bull Mastiff called Lenny and a nervous Boston Terrier called Georgia.
Friday takes a shine to the homeless duo, and Andi and Bruce hit upon a novel idea: to employ the boy’s knack for inventions to transform the disused building into a sanctuary for the city’s strays.
‘Hotel For Dogs’ is a cute and undemanding family-oriented yarn, adapted from the book by Lois Duncan, which engineers a ‘happy ever after’ for two diminutive heroes who have suffered at the hands of an unwieldy care system.
The premise is barking mad and the scriptwriters unleash themselves from reality early on, but there is a sweetness and innocence to the film.
Star Rating: 3/5