Hotel For Dogs

If you lapped up Beverly Hills Chihuahua, this canine caper about two siblings who turn a derelict hotel into a refuge for stray pooches will no doubt be the mutt’s nuts.

But once you’ve tittered at the Heath Robinson contraptions employed to entertain the patrons in Emma Roberts and Jake T Austin’s absence, however, there’s nowhere else for Thor Freudenthal’s comedy to go ahead of the climactic race for the county line and the inevitable lecture on the need to be good to our four-legged friends, delivered by Don Cheadle in his cameo role as the kids’ implausibly devoted social worker.

Elsewhere Lisa Friends Kudrow and Kevin Entourage Dillon have fun as the heroes’ loathsome foster parents, while the hounds are impeccably

Roberts, alas, is the very definition of bland in a scrawny part that does even less to advance her career than Wild Child and Nancy Drew.

Neil Smith


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