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Movie Review: Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Alternate Title: Every Dog Has it's Day

Story: Doggone it! I wanted to lap up this film ever since I saw the trailer last summer. Sadly, this movie does not have a dog's chance of getting many Lobo Woofs. The adorable trailer (below) got me all psyched to see singing and dancing Chihuahuas. Do not be hoodwinked. The producers were lying like dogs. The movie doe not have any singing and prancing chihuahuas. Boo hiss.

What it does have is a slim plot surrounding a pampered Chihuahua who lives in Beverly Hills. The dog, Chloe, is put in the dog sitting hands of a spoiled niece of Chloe's owner. Cut to the chase, Chloe gets lost in Mexico and has a scary run in with mean people who run an illegal dog fighting ring. How Chloe finds her inner bark and eventually her home is the meat of this three dog night tale.

The movie was directed by Raja Gosnell. Let this sleeping dog lie.

Watch the original trailer that hooked me in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anezcx0oGVo

This is another one that cracked me up:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt5eXc6RwEU

Acting: Piper Perabo as the spoiled niece was boring. Jamie Lee Curtis as Chloe's owner was manic. Manola Cardona as the landscaper was under utilized. The voices of the various dogs were Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, George Lopez, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Luis Guzman and are you ready? Plácido Domingo

Trivia: The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas are prized for their devotion, ferocity, and personality. One unique trait in most chihuahuas is the tendency to "burrow" into blankets or clothing in order to sleep.

Predilection: I have a rescue dog that is one part chihuahua. His face is all chihuahua but the rest of his 30 pound body is - well up for grabs.

Critters: Dogs, glorious dogs and a computer generated iguana and rat.

Sex Spectrum: It is a Disney film.

Blatant Product Placement: I do not remember any products but there is a public service ad at the end concerning the importance and responsibility of dog adoptions.

Soundtrack: Funny

Opening Titles: A montage of pampered pooches in Beverly Hills.

Theater Audience: An odd assortment of grandparents with four year olds, men in business suits and a number of other dog lovers.

Sappy Factor: 3

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: Dog fighting rings are awful.

Drift Factor: Is disappointment a form of drifting?

Predictability Level: Over the top.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Kids under the age of 10 might like this movie and chihuahua owners would probably like many parts of it too.

Length: 90 minutes