Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Rated PG; Directed by Raja Gosnell; Starring Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, Jamie Lee Curtis
While standing in line for a ticket to Beverly Hills Chihuahua, I heard a woman fret, “I hope this movie is cute and fun and not one of those dumb movies.” Luckily for her, the movie ended up leaning towards the former and not the latter. It’s not smart, but it isn’t necessarily a stupid film. “Cute” and “fun” are two words that do describe this tale about a spoiled Beverly Hills Chihuahua lost in Mexico. Of course, you could also add the word “brainless.”
Chloe (voice of Drew Barrymore) is a pampered pet of a cosmetics tycoon (Jamie Lee Curtis). You know the type: a dog dressed in designer wear, carried about in a purse. Very class conscious, she finds the attentions of the landscaper’s scrappy Chihuahua, Papi (voice of George Lopez), irritating. She is also not too pleased when left in the care of Rachel (Piper Perabo), who ends up taking Chloe to Mexico. In no time at all, Chloe is dognapped by the villains running the dogfights in Mexico City. There she meets the mysterious Delgado (Andy Garcia), a German Shepherd who ends up helping Chloe.
Oh jeez, this movie is silly, trivial, and should irritate the heck out of everyone. Yet, there is charm and great voice work to make the film a pleasant diversion. The dogs are cute, the special effects are effective enough, and there’s enough absurdity to willingly turn your brain off.
Don’t expect a speck of wisdom in this frivolous dog story. Do expect some silly laughs, talking dogs, and a spoof of the Beverly Hills high life. Kids will love it.