Rating: 3 stars
They can make a convincing haunted pirate ship, but Disney still hasn’t quite mastered the talking dog. Maybe I’m asking too much. After all, dogs can’t really talk. So trying to have their little doggy lips curl around actual human words is bound to look fake. I just wanted it to look a little less fake, you know?
That being said, Beverly Hills Chihuahua has good bones. It’s actually an ingenious concept—frou-frou lapdog Chloe (the voice of Drew Barrymore) goes on an adventure in the real world and learns to be, well, a dog.
As our story begins, Chloe is doted on by her well-meaning, if slightly clueless owner, fashion designer Vivienne (Jamie Lee Curtis)—and it’s an endless banquet of mani-pedis, poolside puppy playdates, and doggie haute couture. Chloe has an admirer, in true DH Lawrence tradition, a swarthy landscaping Chihuahua named Papi (loveable George Lopez).
When Vivienne goes on a last-minute business trip, she leaves Chloe with her flaky niece Rachel (Piper Perabo), who takes the dog on an ill-advised trip to Mexico...