REVIEW: Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Before we begin this
review, lets get one thing straight: this is a talking dog
movie. Sure enough as I sat down to watch this movie, I
wasn't expecting much and I pretty much got what I expected.
I've never been a fan of this type of movies and expect for
Babe I think they all pretty bad. The only ones that can
really enjoy these type of movies are children below the age
of five. However, I can say that I did laugh at least a
couple of times, but not enough.
In Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Chloe (Drew Barrymore) is a rich
spoiled Chihuahua, whose owner, Aunt Viv (Jamie Lee Curt),
treats her like her first born. Chloe wears designer
clothing, gets her nails and hair done at fancy salons.
Chloe even has play dates with her other fancy dog friends.
Chloe also has an admirer a Chihuahua by the name of Papi
(George Lopez). Papi is the gardener’s, Sam (Manolo Cardona)
dog. Papi is madly in love with Chloe, but Chloe considers
him beneath her.
Things take a turn when Chloe’s charm life comes to a halt
when Aunt Viv’s niece Rachel
(Piper Perabo) is left in charge of Chloe. Rachel’s friend
convince her to go partying in Mexico where she bring along
Chloe. Chloe gets lost and learns a lesson on how lucky she
is to have the life she does. Along the way she meets
Delgado (Andy Garcia) a German Sheppard who helps her get
back home. In the meantime Papi, Sam and Rachel are
desperately searching Mexico for Chloe.
None of the human performances stand out in this movie.
However, it is quite amazing to see how they got the dogs to
do all the things they do. The film also has a couple of
funny scenes, but this is definitely a movie young children
will enjoy much more that adults. Maybe it's the fact that
I've seen one too many talking dog movie.
Disney is releasing this movie on Blu-ray disc loaded with a
bunch of special features. The look and sound of the film
are above average, however this type of movie doesn't lent
itself to show of the power of Blu-ray. The disc features
include audio commentary with Director Raja Gosnell, an
animated short about the history of the Chihuahua, the voice
behind the dogs, on the set with the dogs, ten deleted
scenes, a blooper reel and Disney Live featuring movie chat,
movie mail, movie challenge and movie rewards Live!
When I tried the Disney Live feature, it said it was not
currently available in my location.
To sum it up, if you have children below the age of five,
you’ll probably end up buying this movie and rest assure
that your kids will love it. However, for those of us who
have gone on and graduated Kindergarten, we might not find
this movie quite as funny.
Review By Brad Peterson
Widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio) 1080P
English 5.1 Uncompressed, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French
and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH & Spanish
Audio Commentary with Director
Legend of The Chihuahua - Animated short about the
surprising history and legend of the Chihuahua (3:08)
Pet Pals: The Voices Behind The Dogs - Meet the
Voices “Behind The Barks” (9:27)
Hitting Their Bark: On Set With The Dogs - The cast
discuses what is like to work with dogs. (12:57)
Deleted Scenes - Ten deleted scenes each containing
an audio introduction by director Raja Gosnell (24:39)
Bloopers Scooper - Bloopers from the film (3:00)
Disney Live - Featuring movie chat, movie mail,
movie challenge and movie rewards Live!
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