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Plot: While on vacation in Mexico, Chloe, a ritzy Beverly Hills chihuahua, finds herself lost and in need of assistance in order to get back home. Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 03 Oct 2008
Expected the worst, but got pretty good (by sirengarg)
I expected this movie to be nothing but childish antics to make the kiddies laugh. Fart and burp jokes, bathroom humor, and nothing more than another movie propaganda that lies to audiences on how great a certain breed of dog are that then get people to impulse buy it, and dump it 6 months to a year later at the shelter ala 101 Dalmations . Apparently Disney finally listened to the 100s of letters and petitions asking them to stop making the same cookie-cutter dog movie.First, the trailers make you think Papi is the top dog in this movie. Its actually Chloe, the female chihuahua that the <more>
movie focuses on. If not for the supporting cast, the movie would have likely sucked. I was surprised at the heavy issues they dealt with in the movie and how well executed it was.For one...Chloe is lost and found by a man who brings her to a dog fighting ring. Yes, dog fighting in a Disney movie. Though don't be getting memories of White Fang. This dog fighting ring is not shown so bloodthirsty. You KNOW its a bad place. There are all sorts of dogs there, of several breeds. Pit bulls, German Shepherd, mastiffs, and dobermans. One of the pit bull mixes is sadly praying in Spanish. One of the other dogs says, "he always prays before a fight". Chloe was brought there to be a bait dog. They never use the words "bait dog". But they put her in the ring with El Dialbo, a bad-ass doberman. Delgado, a German shepherd breaks out of his cage, and releases the rest of the dogs, then he saves Chloe and all the dogs run for the hills. The owner of the fighting ring notices last minute that Chloe is wearing a diamond collar and knows she's worth money and sends El Diablo to find her.Papi and his owner, as well as the woman entrusted to care for Chloe go to Mexico to find her. They come upon two of the former fighters, a mastiff mix and a pit bull mix and they join them. On their journey, both dogs get adopted. We also find out Papi is adopted too. And at the end of the flick, a message to the audience about researching a breed before you get it and adopting over buying.On stereotyping Mexicans, as a Hispanic American, I was not insulted in the least. You have the hero human , who is Mexican, working as a landscaper, yes...stereotype, but they used that stereotype deliberately to show you how wrong people are. The heroine human insults him by assuming he can only speak Spanish and talks down to him in her own form of Spanish. He goes along with it. But with Jaime Lee Curtis character you see he is not just the hired help, but a member of her family as far as they are concerned. The millionaire seems to look at him as a son or nephew. And she treats his shelter dog, Papi very well too. In Mexico itself, you see people helping them out all the time. Yes, some of the places they go are not the nicer sides of town, but the people are good. I think the only people who have anything to complain about here are Dobermon owners. They kept from stereotyping all the other "dangerous breeds" but them.It was no award winner, it was never meant to be. But it was a great family flick that doesn't talk down to youngsters and its side stories were fantastic. Hopefully this movie makes future adopters out of kids and parents.
Me, my husband and our two children ages 4 and 7 went to see this movie and we all had a great time! It kept everyone's attention for the entire length of the movie. It was hilarious, fast paced and heartwarming. I'm not sure why the movie got such bad ratings on here. I think people are being way too critical. The theater was full of couples without children, which was surprising to me, but it seemed like everyone enjoyed the movie and no one walked out!!! Before seeing the movie, I read the comments here and went into it with little expectations. I was happily surprised, enough so <more>
to take the time to register here at IMDb and state my opinion. 'Nough said!!
If ever there was a movie that defines "heartwarming", this is it. A spectacular adventure in the tradition of "The Incredible Journey", this film is sure to please all ages. The storyline is well written, entertaining and never dull. There's a little something for everyone in this movie-a lot of funny moments, but some real tearjerker scenes as well, a little romance, and true friendship. The cinematic elements and computer guided imagery were top notch, and the soundtrack was nearly as cute as the stars. Both the human and animal actors gave great performances in <more>
this film, especially Andy Garcia and the dog that played "Delgado". Absolutely loved it-definitely buying it when it comes out on video, and has my vote for the best family movie of '08.
A very fun hilarious movie for the whole family (by robertallenandersonjr)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua was a fun and very entertaining movie for the whole family to enjoy. All ages even adults can enjoy this movie especially kids. I think this is the best kids movie I have seen ever. It was so much fun. The people who played the voices of the dogs did a great job and had very funny voice expressions. Drew Barrymore was very good and fun to listen to. George Lopez was extremely funny. The chihuahua's in this movie were very cute. The movie surprisingly has many great messages and had a ton of heart in the movie. I got a lot out of this movie when I went and seen this <more>
movie. It was kind of korny and pointless but overall very good. It had a great story and kept getting better and better as the movie went on. The movie had many new and funny jokes for kids to even understand. I think this was the best kids and maybe family movie I have seen this year. This is the one must see kids comedy movie of the year. Overall go and see this fun filled comedy movie for everyone to enjoy even adults and grandparents.
Chi wow wow! A darling film for families and, truly, everyone! (by inkblot11)
Chloe the chihuahua voiced by Drew Barrymore lives with Viv Jamie Lee Curtis , a cosmetics tycoon, in posh Beverly Hills. Having no children or spouse, Viv pampers the little dog in many ways, including giving her pooch gourmet meals, fur-styling sessions, and a diamond necklace. Working for Viv is a handsome and talented young gardener, Sam and his own chihuahua. Sam's canine has a big crush on Chloe but she generally brushes him off because his owner is not as rich as hers. But, one day, Viv needs to go to Europe for a sales trip and she leaves Chloe in the charge of her somewhat <more>
irresponsible niece, Rachel Piper Perabo . When Rachel's friends persuade her to take a short trip to Mexico with them, Rachel agrees and takes Chloe along. But, when the group of gals go partying, Chloe is despondent and decides to run away from the hotel. From there, the beautiful white chihuahua is kidnapped by dog fighters and taken to their horrible abode for a future fight. Happily, there is a German Shepherd there, too, named Delgado Andy Garcia who helps all of the dogs break out of their cells. But, the evil dog fight leader is very angry and asks his tough Doberman dog, Diablo Edward James Olmos to hunt down the little dog and return her to him, for dire consequences. Rachel, too, soon learns that her aunt Viv's prize companion is missing. Soon, everyone, for good and for evil, is out to find Chloe as quickly as possible. But, who will get there first? This is a darling, darling movie that puts the "wow", as the script states, into chihuahua. All of the dogs in the film are mucho talented and voiced wonderfully by the topflight actors, including Barrymore, Garcia, Olmos, Cheech Marin and George Lopez. The human characters, while not the main focus, are very nice as well, with Perabo becoming more likable as the film progresses and the handsome actor playing Sam charming viewers, too. Curtis' role is very limited but she does a nice job, also. Of course, the scenery in Mexico shows only the most lovely places, in general, and it is quite wonderful. Costumes, photography, script and direction are most worthy, too. But, for animal lovers, it doesn't get much better than this, for the movie's canines are out to steal many hearts and do they succeed! Even in these difficult economic times, do support this wonderful family flick by buying tickets or purchasing the movie when it is available. You will be sending a message to Tinseltown that we want more films like this one. And, boy, do we ever, for this little wowfest banishes the gray skies with every frame!
Stereotypes? I don't see no stinking stereotypes (by rogerm_59)
I had every reason not to like this movie: the plot is two of the oldest in the book aristocrat falls for servant twice over; kidnapped/lost talking animal among really bad people trying to get home , hopelessly bad puns, predictability, but .... somehow it worked for me and my kids. We thought it was brilliant. We were rolling in the aisles from start to finish, and they were begging to buy the DVD once it comes out.Gotta mention, though, that a lot of people have complained about Mexican stereotypes in this film. What stereotypes? What are the stereotypes? Lazy? Drug runners? Illegal <more>
workers? There was none of that. There were crooks, yeah, but is that a stereotype? What movie doesn't have crooks? There were accents, yeah, but the film takes place mostly in Mexico. Even the Latino gardener/landscaper was a professional contractor v. some brawny guy just over the border. The only stereotypes milked in this film were Beverly Hills stereotypes, and I say, fair play.
My wife is a dog-lover I am not . We raised pugs for many years and they are all gone to doggy heaven now. When I saw a film preview that included a pug, I just had to get my wife to this movie. She will rarely go to a movie - many are just plain bad . We had a GREAT time. It is a comedy, so let's not worry about the misplaced geography which I did not notice until reading some of the negative views here. I am a great admirer of the film-making art. The freight train episode is an amazing piece of film work. The attack of the mountain lions is quite convincing. Both of the latter we <more>
found quite convincing. Every pooch in this film deserves an Oscar as do the humans and the writers. This is a fine family movie, for both children and adults. Don't take it seriously. It is a comedy. It is an entertainment, and we just felt we needed something like this to get away from the depressing news - economic disaster in America, fires in California to the North and South of us. This film is just what the doctor ordered for an evening.
Upon seeing the rating on IMDb, I went into this movie thinking it was going to be terrible. However, it is a very entertaining film from start to finish...similar to the Benji movies from the 70s for those old enough to remember. Chloe, the main character, is a spoiled little chihuahua from Beverly Hills who ends up lost in Mexico and enlists the help of some canine friends in an effort to find her way home. She learns some good life lessons along the way. My kids and I were glued to the screen. Plenty of action, laughs, and occasional tears. Every child leaving the theater with us was <more>
singing the "Chihuahua" theme song and seemed to have loved it. I don't know what those who gave this a bad rating were expecting, but I give it a wholehearted thumbs up. 8/10
We all laughed. My preteen said its good. Latino activists should avoid. (by Guam_Critic)
My preteen child says "Its good". We have been waiting a month to see this film, following the advertisements up to the opening weekend. I could enjoy the film because I can suspend a sense of reality as the plot unfolds.A wise film goer should never expect reality from talking animals. Especially from Disney studios.The movie is shot from the view of a wealthy Beverly Hills resident going into Mexico for the first time as a tourist. She does not speak Spanish, and is unfamiliar with places where people live on a dollar a day. So the film is filled with the false perceptions that a <more>
totally clueless and wealthy tourist would gain. We get to laugh plenty at her childish nature.Politically-sensitive viewers should avoid this film, especially pro-Latino sympathizers. The lack of Political Correctness falls on both sides of this border. Although some aspects of Hispanic life are portrayed negatively, it is somewhat equalized since the heroes were Mexican both humans and dogs and the Anglo Americans were portrayed as clueless rich folk.Go see it if you have small kids, enjoy animal adventure flicks, and are not upset by unrealistic portrayals of ethnic groups.