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|Beverly Hills Chihuahua|
Actors: Jaime Lee Curtis, Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Piper Perabo, Andy Garcia
Director: Raja Gosnell
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
Get ready for a hilarious fun-filled adventure starring Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore), a diamond-clad ultra-pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua who gets lost while on vacation in Mexico. Papi (voiced by George Lopez), an a... more »
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Glenda L. (GammaGee4) from CALDWELL, ID
Reviewed on 7/22/2011...
This was a wonderful story. Funny and enough action to keep all ages of the family glued to it. It has decided to stay on our personal family DVD stand.
Lewis P. (Turfseer) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 10/24/2010...
Disney's Tale of Doggie Diva is an exceptional delight
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Before seeing 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' I was expecting a completely insipid comedy strictly for ten year old's. Boy was I wrong. 'Chihuahua' is one of the best comedies I've seen in the last few years. It's got an 'A' story with a cast full of talking dogs and a 'B' story consisting of a supporting cast of humans. The star is 'Chloe', the cutest little Chihuahua you'll ever meet, expertly voiced by Drew Barrymore. Chloe is a prissy, pampered Beverly Hills doggie diva owned by a highly successful cosmetics CEO, 'Aunt Viv' (played by a still good-looking Jamie Lee Curtis). Aunt Viv's only sin is that she indulges her precious Chloe but is basically a very good person. That's evidenced by her warm treatment of the newly hired Hispanic landscaper, Sam (warmly played by Colombian actor, Manolo Cardona). Sam's Chihuahua, Papi (hilariously voiced by George Lopez) falls in love with Chloe and later figures in her rescue.
Chloe's counterpart is Viv's niece, Rachel, who also needs to learn a few life's lessons by not talking down to people (Rachel assumes that the 'lowly gardener' Sam, can only speak Spanish). Meanwhile Chloe's uppity attitude is exposed from the very beginning. She's "born to shop, not fight"—and proudly proclaims she's an heiress; only to be met by one of her buddy's retorts: "a hairless". Chloe objects: "Not a hairless...I have a trust fund." When Aunt Viv has to fly to Italy on a business trip, she leaves Chloe in Rachel's charge. Disaster strikes when Rachel impulsively drives down to Mexico with some of her friends and Chloe ends up getting 'dog napped' by criminals who hold dog fights in Mexico City. The head of the dog nappers is the nasty Vasquez who has an evil Doberman, El Diablo, (menacingly voiced by Ed James Olmos), who all the other dogs fear.
Despite all her spunk, Chloe manages to remain out of touch even when she finds herself in the middle of a dog ring about to be chomped on by El Diablo. First off, she mistakes the applause of the seedy crowd as approval when in fact they're laughing at her, expecting her imminent demise. Chloe has some great lines though, inside the ring ("Clearly I'm not in the right place—call the concierge"; along with telling El Diablo that she knows a great dentist in Beverly Hills who can clean up his yellow teeth!). Chloe is saved by a former police dog, Delgado, a gutsy, world weary German Shepherd voiced by a perfect, gravely voiced Andy Garcia. I was in stitches when Delgado dumps Chloe in the muddy puddle of water and proclaims Delgado has got her scent—and she replies "Of course he does, it's Chanel #5".
Rachel realizes the big mistake she's made and leaves her friends to find Chloe. There's a very funny scene when she gets a call from Aunt Viv at the police station and she has to pretend she's Chloe barking into the phone. Meanwhile, Chloe, now all muddied up, returns to her hotel and gets a taste of her own medicine: a bunch of snobby poodles want the horrible mutt immediately evicted from the premises. Chloe stares in horror at herself in the mirror and exclaims: "I'm hideous". Now she's beginning to realize that she's not so special.
When Rachel meets up with Sam at the police station, the police only have limited information on the dog ring's whereabouts. Sam wants to wait for more information, but Rachel insists on continuing the search for Chloe on their own. Papi states he's with Rachel and utters the film's #1 iconic line: "We're Mexican, not Mexican't". Soon Chloe discovers the ever so cute con men, Rat and Iguana, and I almost fell out of my chair laughing when Chloe observes them fighting and exclaims: "This is just like Animal Planet"!!! Then when El Diablo confronts the rat after he pilfers Chloe's diamond collar, the rat has that great line: "Please don't eat me, I've got a wife and 300 kids to feed."
Wouldn't you know it but coyotes smuggle the dogs over the border! Eventually, Chloe and Delgado find themselves in the desert where Delgado reveals his dark secret: he's lost his sense of smell. Then our doggie heroes have their 'dark moment' when a bunch of mountain lions are about to have them for lunch. The film is just full of so many incredible surprises—there's a sandstorm, kicked up by a pack of Chihuahuas, led by the mighty Montezuma (aka Monte). It's Monte who gives Chloe a dose of 'Chihauhua pride' and the film's loftiest moment is when the Chihuahuas loudly proclaim: "No mas, no mas!" Rachel still needs to learn a lesson when she and Sam come upon some strays and she says with disdain: "Just what we need—stray dogs"; and it's Sam who wisely points out: "Papi was a stray dog".
Things are neatly wrapped up when Chloe and Delgado aid in their own rescue by gaining the attention of a couple of Mexican Park Rangers. Soon, the evil Vasquez appears on the scene and snatches Chloe again (he's figured out that Chloe's owner is worth a lot of money). Delgado's arc is complete when he regains his sense of smell and leads the police to Vasquez, saving Chloe in the process.
Both Chloe and Rachel have improved their lives after their great adventure. And they're both rewarded with true love along with their respective honeys (Papi and Sam). The further reward is that they get home just in time to prevent Aunt Viv from learning of Rachel's big faux pas.
I don't know how Disney does it, but the direction of man's best friends in this film is superb (undoubtedly some computer enhancement helped things along). 'Chihuahua' is not only funny but it's touching due to the underlying message of tolerance it so successfully conveys.
Patricia H. from WAYNESVILLE, NC
Reviewed on 8/5/2010...
very funny movie.
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Reviewed on 6/11/2009...
A surprise hit with my entire family, adults included. This was actually very funny and suspenseful as we watched the adventures of Chloe the pampered pooch (voiced by Drew Barrymore)as she tries to escape after being taken from her life of luxury into the slums of Mexico.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Super cute and fun too!
Susan | Tornado, WV USA | 10/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being the chihuahua lover that I am, I was first in line at our local cinema to see this flick!
I loved it from begining to end, however it wanst exactly what I expected. From some of the previews it looked like there would be lots more chihuahuas in most of the film, but for the most part it is two chis (Chole and Papi) along with a German Shepard. Towards the end is about 5-7 mintues of films with LOTS of chihuahuas, include a bit of history about the breed, some pretty cool looking aztec ruins, and chis of every shape and color, including brindles, blue, chocolates, blacks, merles, spotted, fawn and even long coats!
Has great themes about finding your roots, not giving up on your true friends and helping others when they need it the most. Also, that no matter what your situtation is, there is a place where you belong.
I went with a friend from work (we are both adults) and we both loved it. We laughed and cried, and agreed we will see it again and buy it when it comes to video!
Also, kudos to Disney. At the end of this film there is a note about how each pets deserves a permenant loving home, and if you purchase a dog, to do research on the breed!"
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
N. Noble | 10/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even with all the hype and not expecting a good film, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is wonderful, delightful and funny. I call it a modern day Lady and The Tramp. After reading one review on Amazon about how sad, implausible, etc..I wondered what the viewer really wanted and that maybe he/she had been damaged earlier in life by sweet, dog loving, sad but good ending movies.
It's a dog lovers movie and a very good kids movie with plenty of "life lessons".....just like all Disney dog movies. Hooray for Disney. How else would little children learn about dogs and love and life and loyalty. Animation (dogs talking) done very, very well. I'm 59 years old and I've not seen a sweeter movie in years."
Laughing and Barking the Way Through This Delightful Canine
C-P Parker | région de l'Abitibi, QC | 12/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am writing this after having seen the film, but before the DVD has come out. I know how much cinephiles loathe this film, but, dudes, loosen up! Sure, it is more than a little "sappy", but take some time out to be "sappy and happy" viewing this movie! The adventures of these chihuahuas, other dogs, and assorted animals is a delight, especially for those who have a "tender spot" for the hounds! This movie never was meant to appeal to the viewer's sophistication. On the other hand, it is not any sort of "chihuahua exploitation film", either.
My favourite hounds in this California-Mexico romp are Papí, Chloé's ardent male admirer and very determinedly valient chihuahua, and Delgado, the down-on-his-luck, butch German shepherd who comes to the rescue and various acts of kindness for Chloé, even when he misinterprets the reasons for Chloé's second disappearance. Then, too, who cannot love the thronging hoarde of chihauhuas among the ruins of an ancient indigenous culture? Seeing Chloé try to find the mighty voice of her "inner chihuahua" (as opposed to pampered pet squeaks and whimpering) with the aid of the leader of this pack of chihuahuas is very amusing; I wish that this bit of animal humour had been more extended!
This is a pack of fun, and not just for children! Have a barking good time watching this film, in the theatre or at home!"