A pampered Beverly Hills chihuahua named Chloe who, while on vacation in Mexico with her owner Viv's niece, Rachel, gets lost and must rely on her friends to help her get back home before she is caught by a dognapper who wants to ransom her.
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Beverly Hills Chihuahua was released on DVD and Blu-ray March 3rd. This story about a pampered Chihuahua who gets lost in Mexico while its owner is away, is both an educational less on Chihuahuas and a somewhat entertaining adventure. Animal lovers and anti-high fashionites will appreciate this film. It is a race to find the missing Chihuahua, Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore), and both people and four-legged friends are on the chase.
Piper Perabo and Jamie Lee Curtis star as niece and aunt.
My 71-year-old Mom dragged me to this film, because none of her friends were willing to see a silly Disney movie. What surprised and interested me most was that the chihuahuas serve as a metaphor for Mexican-Americans. Chloe, a pampered white chihuahua--complete with pink booties and a diamond collar--gets lost in Mexico and encounters a series of adventures while trying to get home. Chloe comes upon a society of wild chihuahuas living in an ancient Aztec city, who help her to get in touch with her inner chihuahua and to take pride in her heritage (read: Mexican heritage). The metaphor of white American vs. Mexican-American is sustained throughout the film. Rachel, a white woman taking care of Chloe for her aunt Viv, is disdainful of Viv's Mexican-American landscape architect (she derogatorily refers to him as a gardener). Chloe is likewise disdainful of the landscape architect's Mexican-American dog. Rachel ultimately learns to appreciate her aunt's landscape architect, picks up a bit of Spanish, and realizes she was being a (racist) snob toward Mexican-Americans. Likewise Chloe. "Beveryly Hills Chihuahua" is a fun, charming, romantic commentary on how white Americans need to learn to appreciate Mexican American culture and stop looking down on Mexican-Americans--disguised as a silly Disney movie about a cute dog.
At The Movies
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Dog gone fun is the order of the day in Beverly Hills Chihuahua, a hilarious family treat from Disney now appealing to the masses at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.
Rare are G-rated films that are inventive and fun for both adults and children. Beverly Hills Chihuahua hits all the right notes. Featuring loveable mutts makes it all the more endearing as does its savvy send-up of all things rich. Where else but in Beverly Hills could this tale unfold. Pampering for the rich and famous is not just reserved for humans. Quite often animals are even better cared for than children. That feeling of excess is played for laughs big time as we follow the exploits of pampered pouch Chloe.
Under the watchful eye of her owner, a wealthy businesswoman played by Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) Chloe has the best of everything. Left under the charge of a niece played by effervescent Piper Perabo (Cheaper by the Dozen) the spoiled dog runs into a bit of quandary. You see this niece is not that much interested in the welfare of the dog and would rather party. On a quick trip to Mexico with dog in tow things go from bad to worse.
Bad things happen to the unprepared and when Chloe goes missing it sends her human handlers into a tizzy. Worse yet, Chloe may have fallen into the wrong hands. Have no fear, canine help is near as this dog from afar becomes friendly with a host of similar deprived dogs as they are on the run from evil money centered bottom feeders out to make the most of a potentially very profitable situation.
Crazy and funny Beverly Hills Chihuahua features a ton of laughs, bizarre situations, and the most loveable talking canines in years. Director Raja Gosnell (Yours, Mine and Ours) milks all those Mexican locations meticulously and does justice to the luxuries that only Beverly Hills can provide. Voices from Drew Barrymore, George Lopez and Cheech Marin bring these huggable animals to life.
Little ones will especially get a kick out of the wild situations Chloe finds herself in. Full of chases, laughs and inane one-liners makes Beverly Hills Chihuahua a fun time at the movies.
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