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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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Upbeat talking-animal adventure is fun for kids.
  • Review Date: September 30, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mostly positive messages. The movie explores class and cultural issues. A few silly Mexican jokes (said by animals).

Positive role models

Chloe realizes that there's more to life than being a pampered lap dog, and Rachel learns to be more responsible after Chloe runs away from her. Chloe overcomes her princess-y prejudices to form bonds with Delgado and Papi.

Violence & scariness

Mild peril: Chloe and Delgado confront mountain lions, dog-fight promoters, and a mean attack dog. Cops brandish their guns to arrest a character, but the weapons are only shown, not shot.

Sexy stuff

Dogs flirt/kiss and discuss dating; two humans also hug and flirt.

Language

Mild insults: "idiot," "stupid," "failure," "prissy."

Consumerism

The movie is about a pampered pooch from Beverly Hills... Brands include Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston, and Gucci. Rodeo Drive is also featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like most movies featuring talking dogs (or animals of any kind, really), this upbeat adventure comedy will interest young pet lovers. The film doesn't have much in the way of iffy content except for some mild peril revolving around a dogfight promoter's mean mutt and a group of mountain lions that endanger the pup protagonist. Two dogs have a heartfelt romance, and two humans flirt. There are a few insults and some silly Mexican jokes (said by animals); e.g. "We're MexiCAN, not MexiCAN'T."

What's the story?

Carried around in the latest Louis Vuitton dog purse and sporting a diamond-encrusted Harry Winston collar, Chloe the titular BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA (voiced by Drew Barrymore) is an ultra-pampered lap dog. When her owner, filthy-rich cosmetics maven Viv (Jamie Lee Curtis), goes on a business trip to Italy, she leaves Chloe in the care of her irresponsible young niece Rachel (Piper Perabo). During a "girls' weekend" trek to Mexico, Chloe leaves Rachel's hotel and is immediately dognapped into the seedy world of dog fighting. With the help of former police dog Delgado (Andy Garcia) Chloe escapes and attempts to return to Beverly Hills.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The movie looks like fluff, but has a surprising amount of substance and style. Featuring a voice cast of mostly Latino stars -- from George Lopez as Chloe's courageous suitor Papi to Edward James Olmos as a mean attack dog named El Diablo -- Beverly Hills Chihuahua starts out feeling like a canine-focused episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and then morphs into a homeward-bound odyssey. As Chloe and Delgado try to cross the border and form an odd-couple friendship, he reclaims some of his former glory as a K-9 officer and she discovers her true "bark."

This talking-animal comedy even offers a perfectly timed lesson in Mexican dog heritage. Cornered by mountain lions, Delgado and Chloe are saved by a band of "tiny but mighty" Chihuahuas, whose leader, Monte (Placido Domingo), explains that the ancient breed used to be the chosen companions of the great Aztecs. They're not meant to be frivolously dressed lap dogs named FiFi but small warriors with a powerful bark.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the class and cultural issues the movie explores. At first, Chloe pretends not to like Papi. Why?

  • How did Chloe's troubles in Mexico open her eyes to how other dogs live? Is that an important message for people too?

  • What does Monte teach viewers about being proud of our heritage? 

  • Discuss what made kids want to see this movie -- the story, or all the advertising for it.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 2, 2008
DVD release date:March 3, 2009
Cast:Cheech Marin, Drew Barrymore, George Lopez
Director:Raja Gosnell
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild thematic elements.

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Kid, 11 years old August 23, 2010

Amazing, I love it!

Cute family movie that everyone will want to watch but it is a bit scary at times.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old January 24, 2011
Some parts were scary and some parts were touching. The movie was okay.
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Great messages
Great role models
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Kid, 11 years old August 22, 2010

A great family film!

This was a really fun movie. I think it is perfect for almost any age. But, there is some dog kissing and flirting and two human characters fall in love too, but it is not that obvious. There is also some very mild violence. All dog lovers should watch this movie. Although, you need to know some Spanish to get part of the movie.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
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