Chloe, a diamond-clad ultra-pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua finds herself being "puppy-sit" by the niece, Rachel, of her owner when she leaves for Europe for one of her fashion shows. Rachel is enjoying her aunt's wealthy home but can't resist a weekend trip to Mexico with her friends. With Chloe in tote, Rachel's partying quickly disgusts Chloe and she decides she will go home herself. Chloe quickly gets lost in Mexico and thrown into a dog-fighting ring where she meets Delgado, an ex police K9 who is there and finds himself between his old enemy Diablo, the drug-lord's dog who ruined his career, and Chloe. After saving her and himself, Delgado agrees to help her get home and they begin their journey across Mexico for Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, Rachel has enlisted the help of her Aunt's gardener and Papi, the gardener's Chihuahua who's crazy about Chloe, to help find and save her. At the same time Diablo's master has learned of Chloe's identity and plans on dog-napping her for a big ...Written by
Papi jumps out a car window when he sees the bad guy's van drive off. One trainer hiding in the car held the dog, and a second trainer called for the dog to jump out the window and onto a padded surface, which the well-rehearsed dog was trained to do. Papi attacks the bad guy, springing at him when he opens the door. A trainer standing in as a stunt double opened the door. On cue, "Papi" jumped out and landed on the trainer's chest, grabbing at a piece of food reward the trainer hid in his mouth. The trainer caught the dog as he landed on his chest and held him in place while acting hurt and stumbling backwards in a choreographed fall. Then a stuffed animal was attached to the actor's mouth. In this scene, it appears that the other bad guy drops Chloe onto the ground, but in fact the actor simply held her in one hand and lowered her out of the camera frame. See more »
When the girls first drive down to Mexico, they are in a BMW 328i convertible, which only has a single exhaust. In all of the other shots of the car, it's a 335i convertible, which has a dual exhaust. See more »
Look, if you're worth something, they'll ransom you, and if they ransom you, they won't fight you, so I guess you're safe.
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I don't own any dogs nor do I particularly like or dislike them any more than any other animal. So coming from that utterly neutral position, I can say that this movie isn't nearly as terrible as others have implied - often for their own jaundiced reasons.
First, unlike the contemporary Wall-E, this movie isn't preachy about anything. It's just a silly minor adventure with talking animals where all things work out pretty well in the end - as they must in a kids' movie from Disney. Sure, I was bothered by depictions of the excesses of the super rich of Beverly Hills; the way they lavish excess not only upon themselves but their dogs. However, this does exist. There are people who piously attend charity events for starving strangers and then go home to feed their dogs Kobe beef. That's the world and this movie did not make that world.
I would prefer being upset about watching the reality of such excess than watching the superb and factually accurate Hotel Rwanda. I found that movie unwatchable due to the pain it evoked in me knowing that these events actually occurred during my lifetime.
So given a choice - do I wish to feel pain at real or even a pretend horror depiction or contempt at the super rich's folly? I'll take the latter.
This movie is silliness with some amusing CGI. Let's not get overly concerned that it should be more than that.
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