October 3, 2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Rating: PG for some mild thematic elements
A spoiled lap dog is stranded far from home and must depend of the kindness of strangers to navigate a safe return.
Geared directly toward a young audience, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" spotlights the spoiled pooches of Tinseltown.
Drew Barrymore provides the voice of our star Chloe. Aunt Viv (Jamie Lee Curtis) is Chloe's owner who spares no expense in fulfilling the dog's every desire.
Rachel (Piper Perabo) is Viv's niece. When her aunt has to go out of town, it's Rachel's job to look after Chloe. Lounging by the pool and relaxing, Chloe enjoys all of the perks of her high society lifestyle. She catches the eye of Papi (voiced by George Lopez) who quickly falls in love with the object of his admiration.
The plot, what there is of one, revolves around Chloe getting dognapped in Mexico. While Rachel tries to find the pooch before Aunt Viv discovers what's going on, Chloe encounters a diverse group of characters who try to help. In addition to Barrymore and Lopez, Andy Garcia, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez and Placido Domingo lend their voices to the cast.
As you would expect, silliness rules the day with plenty of pratfalls and one-liners. There's even a visit to a city where dogs rule the day.
Don't expect too much and you'll probably walk out of this movie with a smile, especially if you're with a child. I think they'll like it a lot.
On my rating scale, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" hits a Double.
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