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Chihuahua: The Movie

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mean woman turns into a dog in awful redemption tale.

Movie NR 2011 90 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 4+

Surprisingly Good

When I picked up this movie at a local yard sale at the request of my son (he’s going through a chihuahua phase), I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, as I watched the movie, I was pleasantly surprised. My five-year-old loved it, and I quite enjoyed it as well. It was a little cheesy, but the simple plot helped my son develop his precognition skills. I also appreciated the inclusivity for witches like me, even though the use of the dog-charm was a little over dramatic. Not many movies nowadays portray witchcraft in such a positive light—as a tool to do good. By the end of the film, Sandra has become a better person as a result of the magic used on her. In addition, the humor was pretty remarkable, to say the least. My son especially loved the part where the grandma fell unconscious, though I’m not sure if this part was meant to be so humorous. Overall, fellow witches and regular people, I would 100% recommend this movie as a lighthearted flick for the whole family. Dolorem ipsum!

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age 16+

Should have won an Emmy!

This is one the best movies I’ve seen in years. The character development is touching. The only reason I rate it 16+ is that younger people may not grasp the brilliancy of this film. They also might find the dogs scary, if they’ve had a negative experience with dogs. I highly recommend this movie, which single handedly improved Hollywood into what it is today. To quote this masterpiece, “life is what you make it.” Two of my children I’ve shows this movie to (16 and 18) loved it, but my fourteen year year old didn’t understand it. “Why is she a dog! What’s going on?” So silly! I’m sure she’ll love it when she’s old enough to understand, and so will my two year old.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
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It would be difficult to find a more badly written, directed, and acted movie than this. Performances are amateurish across the board with the exception of Pezotta as Jeannie. But more worrisome is the inanity of the plot, the unquestioned acceptance of the "magic" that causes the main character's weird ordeal and ultimate rehabilitation. If this is meant to be a religious film, than it should have said so. At least the otherworldly emphasis would seem rooted in some philosophy. No one questions Sondra's return from the dead; Sondra doesn't question how she became a dog. Absent the mention of where Sondra's great punishment and redemption come from, the movie makes little sense.

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