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Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Entertaining talking-dog threequel has whole-family humor.

Movie G 2012 89 minutes
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While it's rare to find a direct-to-DVD sequel that stands up against its theatrically released original, this one's surprisingly amusing and considerably less frightening than the first two movies. The quinceañera plotline is particularly entertaining, as Papi and the event coordinator pug audition several bands with names obviously aimed at parents, like Bob Marley and Me, Black Labbath, and more. The dogs even "sing" in the same style as the human bands they're tributing. The discussions of the cultural significance of the quinceañera are also a nice multicultural lesson for kids unfamiliar with the tradition.

Although the secondary story involving the humans is pretty thin, this isn't a movie you watch for the people. It's all about the dogs, and at least in this one, the action focuses primarily on Papi and what an attentive and unconditionally supportive husband, father, and pet he is -- making sure his pups are safe and well-educated, doting on his overworked wife, trying to help his brother land the dog of his dreams, and uncovering a rival hotelier's plan. Lopez is a talented comedian, and it's ultimately his voice that makes this Chihuahua flick work.

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