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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Starring:
Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Piper Perabo, Jamie Lee Curtis


Rated: PG some mild thematic elements
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 3, 2008 Released by:

If chihuahua Chloe doesn't bring something new or even thoughtful comedy it does entertain as it pulls at simple emotions which will impress kids and be tolerated by parents.

Voiced by Drew Barrymore, Chloe is the most pampered little dog to ever hit the screen, she is covered in expensive jewels and sleeps on silk.

While it's a little like the classic animated Lady and the Tramp, Papi (voiced by George Lopez) is the love interest as the dog of the gardener who is a tough as nails chihuahua who comes from the wrong side of the tracks.

Aunt Viv (Jamie Lee Curtis) is the wealthy owner who has Chloe convinced she has a right to always be pampered. But while Aunt Viv is on a trip niece Rachel (Piper Perabo) allows the little Chloe to fall into dangerous hands. That's a stretch that is difficult to accept. She is kidnapped to be used in a dog fighting event against very large dogs and her only strength is her innocent talk and a sharp bark.

While Rachel searches she also has an attitude change similar to Chloe. But it's Chloe who has to sleep in a box without a bath after being rejected at her usual upscale hotel.

The sweet voice and ruffled chihuahua demands sympathy and when the chihuahua hordes come to the rescue we are reminded of the old westerns as kids in the audience rooted to the calvary to save good guy. The larger dogs who are about to harm Chloe are chased out of the scene by the army of chihuahuas.

When Aunt Viv returns it all looks the same but the dog and niece have changed and the kids watching may have learned a lesson about caring and respect.

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