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Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Blu-ray Review)

29 Apr, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

Bev Hills Chihuahua

Family Comedy
Box Office $94.5 million
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for some mild thematic elements.
Stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo. Voices of Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez.

It’s not inaccurate to call Beverly Hills Chihuahua an all-ages crowd pleaser. The kids will dig on the talking dogs and their acrobatic acting. The parents will get a kick out of watching an insulting, petty, and overly privileged Chihuahua — and an equally horrible Beverly Hills socialite — knocked down a few pegs.

The first 20 minutes of this film set up the next 70 perfectly, making you hate everything about Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) and her stuck-up, trust-fund babysitter (Piper Perabo). For both of them, life consists of nothing but seaweed wraps, Channel No. 5, fine dining and insulting the help.

But when the socialite loses Chloe during a trip to Mexico, the Chihuahua finds out first-hand how the less-privileged dogs in the world live. Chloe’s thrown into the ring of an underground dog-fighting group in Mexico City, robbed blind by a rat and iguana, and literally dragged through the mud by a grumbling but honorable German shepherd (voiced by Andy Garcia).

While Chloe tries to get home, an evil Doberman pincer, the worried socialite, and another Chihuahua that has fallen for Chloe chase her. Interwoven in the basic fish-out-of-water tale — and the obvious “don’t be mean” lessons — is a surprisingly resonant tale of redemption.

You’ll find yourself slowly liking characters that started off as reprehensible. All in all, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a funny and well-directed treat that might leave you with a thing for Chihuahuas.

The Blu-ray Disc picture isn’t anything special for high-def, but the 5.1 audio track is nicely spread across the speakers, and the Blu-ray exclusive bonuses are outstanding, with two wonderful featurettes, additional deleted scenes to go with the bloopers and an adorable animated short about the history of the proud, odd-looking Chihuahua.

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