Review by Karen Samdahl (B)
If you're into Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Terminator 2, forget this movie - it might be too scary for you. But if you want a good family flick where the harshest words are "No Mas!" shouted by tribal Chihuahuan Chihuahas in protest of image abuse as they are forced to wear "chic" and be carried in designer purses, and where the most revealing sex scene is our heroine Chihuahua licking the face of her paramour surrounded with the image of wee little Chihuahua puppies - well, then, this movie is for you.
I expected a spoof of 1930s stage dance scenes, but was surprised to have a story with a plot (spoiled rich girl loses aunt's precious puppy while playgirling in Mexico), a nefarious bad guy - hiss, dog fight profiteer - and his canine counterpart Diablo, adventure (wild dog chases), romance (human and dog), and humor (well, what do you expect when a bunch of little dogs are chatting away while having their nails done?). It's a Disney film so, yes, there is a moral or two to the story (watch the movie to find out). Aside from the dog-fighting aspect, Mexico and Mexicans are presented in a refreshingly positive light. The dog acting is strong, and for human acting, I liked the Mexican landscaper played by Manolo Cardona. The human voices for our dog stars, Drew Barrymore for rich bitch (in the dog definition of that term) Chloe, George Lopez for working-class Chihuahua Papi, and - do I dare say it - a German Shepherd - Delgado, spoken by Andy Garcia, are all entertaining.
This movie was made in a partnership with the American Humane Society and what I liked best of all was the strong support it gave to encouraging people to adopt animals. As a greyhound foster mother, I could not resist that. I highly recommend this movie to families with elementary school or preschool children. Many girls will like this - hey, there are lots and lots of cute pups. You guys in your teens and older, hmmmm, maybe not. I give the movie a B, and I do agree, it is "The Greatest Chihuahua Movie of All Time."
The DVD of Beverly Hills Chihuahua features bonus treats for the entire family, including:
- Legend of the Chihuahua – an all-new animated short
- Blooper Scooper
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary (Widescreen Only)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua on Blu-ray Hi-Def contains all of the DVD bonus features, plus the following BD exclusives:
- Pet Pals: The Voices Behind the Dogs
- Hitting the Bark: On Set with the Dogs of Beverly Hills Chihuahua
- Even More Canine Capers
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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