Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

 
Entertaining doggy adventure sequel with positive messages.
  • Review Date: January 22, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 84 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Children will learn about the history of chihuahuas, and their place of honor in the Aztec kingdom.

Positive messages

There are several good messages in the movie, mostly revolving around the theme of family and friendship. Characters say things like "stick by your loved ones no matter what." The puppies especially learn that they need to do whatever it takes to help Sam's parents save their house. Delgado gets over his anxiety to tell his sons the truth. Sam realizes that love is more important than social status.

Positive role models

All of the main grown-ups and dogs are good role models. They are selfless, kind, and generous. Chloe and Papi in particular are always willing to help the people and dogs they love.

Violence & scariness

In flashbacks, Aztec warriors wielding spears are shown in battle with chihuahuas at their side, but there's nothing bloody about it. A huge dog has a scary smile, but he's actually a gentle soul. The puppies come across bank robbers who look capable of violence but are outsmarted by the dogs. Some cartoonish violence includes characters falling from ladders and getting covered in gooey bread dough.

Sexy stuff

Papi and Chloe get married and kiss (the minister says "you may lick the bride"). Papi is romantic and calls Chloe "mi corazon" and other sweet endearments. Rachel and Sam slow dance and kiss. An Aztec princess is delivered a love letter from a warrior by a chihuahua.

Language

Apolline says "idiots," "peasants" and "sacre bleu!" Papi pees on an eviction notice.

Consumerism

Chanel No. 5 perfume, Chevy Silverado truck, and lots and lots of Beverly Hills signage.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Champagne at the wedding reception.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like the original, this talking-dog comedy will appeal strongly to young animal lovers. There's no questionable content, but there is one snobby French poodle who says a few mild insults like "idiot" and "peasant" to the chihuahuas, and one scene of cartoonish violence in which bank robbers get covered in sticky dough, as well as a flashback to Aztecs who fought with chihuahuas by their side. The main dogs from the first movie get married, kiss, and have babies, and two adults dance and share one kiss. Otherwise, this is a canine adventure the entire family can enjoy; plus, kids will learn all about the proud history of chihuahuas.

What's the story?

In this sequel to the entertaining canine adventure Beverly Hills Chihuahua, posh chihuahua Chloe (Odette Yustman) and her suitor Papi (George Lopez) get married and four months later welcome a litter of five spunky puppies. While Chloe's owner Aunt Viv (Susan Blakely) and her niece Rachel (Erin Cahill) are in the Amazon on a business trip, Papi's owner Sam (Marcus Coloma) takes them to his parents' house. But all is not well with Sam's parents, who are facing eviction and foreclosure if they can't come up with $40,000 in a week. With the help of Papi's best friend (Ernie Hudson) and police dog Delgado (Miguel Ferrer), the dogs convince Sam and his parents to enter the lucrative Beverly Hills Dog Show, where the top prize is $50,000. Meanwhile, the puppies get into all sorts of doggy trouble.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids have a thing for talking-animal movies that is hard for many adults to understand, but for a genre that can be abysmal (Yogi Bear, Marmaduke), this straight-to-DVD sequel is pretty entertaining. Of the original cast, only Lopez revisits his role, and it's a good thing, because much of this particular story rides on his comedy chops. Yustman (You Again) may not have a voice that's instantly recognizable like Drew Barrymore's, but it's still sweet and bubbly enough to work as Chloe. The new Sam is passable as well, and the new Rachel and Aunt Viv aren't in the movie enough to make audiences care they've been replaced.

The addition of the five puppies makes for an even younger-skewing humor, since trouble-making puppies are destined for sight gags and slapstick jokes, but they're obviously adorable and hard to resist. Once again there's a good bit of emphasis on the historical place of chihuahuas as the chosen pets of the Aztecs, but it works well within the context of a father teaching his pups to be proud of their heritage. This isn't a dog-tale for the ages, but it has heart. Parents should be warned, however, that children who watch this movie may ask incessantly for a chihuahua or two of their own.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about standing by the people you love even in hard times. How do the various characters come together to help Sam's family?

  • Why does Sam think he's not good enough for Rachel? Is that similar to how Papi felt about Chloe in the first movie?

  • What does Papi teach his puppies about their rich cultural history? How does it inspire the puppies? Have your parents taught you about your family's history?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 1, 2011
Cast:Ernie Hudson, George Lopez, Odette Yustman, Zachary Gordon
Director:Alex Zamm
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:84 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 11 years old March 26, 2011
age 4+
 

It's Ok Don't waste your time

I think the first Beverley Hilis Chihhhaua is way better. Don't waste your time watching this! If you like the first one and you are suspecting the second to be great IT ISN'T.
Teen, 15 years old Written byTacoBall March 6, 2011
age 4+
 

Fun, tame movie for dog-loving kids

I think this movie is fine for dog-loving preschoolers and up. The Chihuahuas are adorable, even though the puppies can be a little sassy to their parents! There is hardly any bad language, although there are a couple of scenes that might scare sensitive kids (when the puppies are kidnapped by the robbers, and when the bad dogs threaten to kill Delgado's puppies). Overall, an exciting adventure with familiar but positive messages.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byChilliwack Mom February 13, 2011
age 5+
 
Great storyline, for a movie about talking dogs. My 8 and 10 year old and I laughed a lot during this movie. Strong messages about the value of family and how when everyone works together the family becomes stronger. One scary part when the German Shepherd makes reference to having to leave Mexico because some very bad dogs had threatened to kill his 2 puppy sons.

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