Beverly Hills Chihuahua is the first of three Disney releases this fall, all of which are expected to exceed $100 million in domestic box office earnings. (The other two are High School Musical 3: Senior Year and Bolt.) BHC showcases the voices of George Lopez, Andy Garcia and just about every world-famous Latino actor in the business. Drew Barrymore provides the voice for Chloe, the chihuahua in distress.
The story takes a very formulaic approach, replacing characters usually played by humans with dogs. Chloe is a pampered dog and mimics the stereotypical wealthy young Beverly Hills woman. She meets another Chihuahua named Papi (Lopez), the dog that belongs to the gardener that works on the premises. Papi instantly falls in love with her and, being the high society dog that she is, Chloe wants no part of him. Like I said, very formulaic.
Chloe is taken on vacation to Mexico by her dog-sitter (Piper Perabo) and kidnapped by an organization that runs dog fights (Insert Michael Vick joke here). She is pitted in a fight against a Doberman named El Diablo (Edward James Olmos) and during the fight is saved by a German Shepherd named Delgado (Andy Garcia). From here Delgado and Chloe are consistently on the run from Diablo and the organization behind the dogfights while also being searched for by the babysitter, the gardener, and Papi.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a Disney movie and as usually is the case with Disney you know what’s going to happen before it happens. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be entertained by the dialogue and comedic moments. This movie is not nearly as bad as you might think (or been led to believe by IMDb horrendous User Rating), and I never once checked the time or became restless.
The people behind these movies know that the kids that watch them have to be accompanied by parents, and they make sure there is enough material in the movie to keep the adults from getting bored, a fact helped along by the film’s relatively short running time of 91 minutes.
I will say that these types of movies from Disney used to be a lot more effective and a lot less ridiculous. But then again, perhaps I just felt that way because I was a kid when I was watching these exact same films in the 90’s… Well the bottom line is if you have a kid who might be bored on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon you could certainly do a lot worse than this.
2 ½ / 5 stars
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