Chihuahua: The Movie

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Mean woman turns into a dog in awful redemption tale.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

According to this movie, if you are insufferable and nasty and you can arrange to lapse into a coma and die, when you wake up from death, you will be a much nicer person.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sondra is a selfish and cold nutritionist who mistreats her loved ones and employees alike. Another character magically turns Sondra comatose, then makes her die, supposedly for her own good. Two characters try to help sick children using a therapy dog.

Violence & Scariness

Sondra hears excruciatingly loud noises no one else can hear, then falls, convulses, and lapses into a coma. An important character dies but comes back to life without explanation.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chihuahua: The Movie attempts to show that even bad, selfish people can reform and develop compassion and decency, but it does so by depending on a weak, inexplicable, and unconvincing magical plot device. A selfish person is turned into a Chihuahua therapy dog; parents will roll their eyes, but some kids may enjoy the idea of a human trapped inside a small dog. The story has a faintly religious air to it, in the vein of the old Touched by an Angel television series in which angels arrive to help people in trouble. Be aware that an important character dies, which may upset young children. Kids may be confused about how the character comes back to life, since it's never explained.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMeeboManx12 March 25, 2021


This movie is very good I know some people do not support witchcraft but the woman tries her best to tell Sandra that what she had been doing her whole life was... Continue reading
Adult Written byDking83 February 8, 2021

Subtlety promoting witchcraft

Decided to give Pureflix a try, since they promote good Christian based movies.

I searched through comedies and chose The Chihuahua movie. 16 minutes into the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGalaxyFoxStudios May 1, 2021

It's not bad for kids but this movie sucks

It's just a ripoff of chihuahua beverly hills which it's a way cuter movie with many chihuahuas and the stories in it is so adorable! But this movie... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybhubhbuhbjhbjjn... May 29, 2020

What's the story?

Sondra (Anya Benton) is a successful nutritionist who is so focused on her own career and personal needs that she doesn't have time to listen to her boyfriend's feelings. She runs a tight ship and keeps meticulous to-do lists, then nonchalantly decides to fire her assistant when the assistant forgets to write down an appointment. Slowly it's revealed that grumpy Sondra had been a happy child until she became ill and her medical bills depleted her parents' finances, leading to their bitter divorce. A childhood friend shows up from the past and, rubbing a crystal, causes Sondra to grab her head in pain, stagger and fall, then convulse into a coma. For most of the story, she's hooked to a respirator, lying motionless in a hospital bed. Sondra's sweet assistant, Jeannie (Renee Pezotta), owns Bella the Chihuahua, a therapy dog. As Sondra is incapacitated, her persona jumps into Bella, and all manner of fussy and complaining commentary begin to zip through the mind of the dog. As Bella, Sondra is forced to help seriously ill, hospitalized children cope with their conditions. Gradually, Sondra learns compassion from the experience. Her journey to goodness is quickened as she overhears conversations about her unpleasantness from everyone who knew her. She dies and comes back much nicer.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether some people who hurt others might be mean because they were hurt themselves. Would that make it OK to hurt others? Why, or why not?

  • Sometimes people become so caught up in their own problems that they can't see how others are suffering. Is it possible for selfish people to learn compassion if they meet others who are suffering more?

  • Would it be possible for a human to be trapped in the body of a dog? Do you think the movie wants you to believe that such a thing could happen?

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