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Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

1 rating: 3.0
Comedy and Kids & Family movie directed by Raja Gosnell

Beverly Hills Chihuahuafinds director Raja Gosnell back on the talking-dog beat (following his live-actionScooby-DooandScooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleased), this time in an ambitious, tongue-in-cheek comedy with a fun cast of onscreen and vocal actors. Piper … see full wiki

Director: Raja Gosnell
Genre: Family, Comedy
1 review about Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

Some Good Laughs, Pretty Typical Disney Movie

  • May 22, 2009
Rating:
+3
This movie isn't exactly what I expected from the cover art, the descriptions, and clips. I figured it would be funny hijinks with dogs all blinged / dressed up in Beverly Hills. Instead it's a retelling of most of the Disney live action movies of the last 10 years. Even with that hackneyed approach, the film was still funny.

Our hero dog, Chloe is spoiled rotten by Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee leaves for Europe and needs somebody to take care of Chloe. Rachel, played by Piper Perabo, seems responsible at first. She turns out to be phenomenally dim witted, gets convinced to see Mexico with her friends. And while there, Chloe escapes and is kidnapped by the dog fighting crew. And the road trip / escape movie happens.

The voice talent is good. Placido Domingo is a big surprise. George Lopez was my favorite. It's a star studded cast of voices, the dogs are all well represented. The live actors are not too bad. Piper peaked with Cheaper By The Dozen. She did well as a dim bulb, but later in the film she gets some smarts and is not so good in that role. Jamie Lee is, over the top stupid rich.

It's another mindless escapist movie. There's nothing socially redeeming here, although it does try to be preachy at times.

Classic PG Disney. There's double entendres for the adults (and I kind of hate that). There's stupid slapstick humor. And the plot is simple enough that just about anyone could follow along.

Mindless entertainment. Many adults will probably say the film is awful. A 13 year old by and a dad (going on 13 years old mentally) enjoyed the film. Mom, not so much. Actually said it was awful, but she watched the whole thing.

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