Daniel Daza
Owen Gleiberman
October 10, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/03/08
performer
Drew Barrymore, Piper Perabo, Salma Hayek, George Lopez
director
Raja Gosnell
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Jeff Bushell, Analisa LaBianco
genre
Comedy, Kids and Family

We gave it a D

Isn’t it time someone made a kiddie comedy starring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? I know, I know — he’s a bit racy for the preteen set. But the naughtiest word to come out of Triumph’s mouth is ”poop,” and any random three minutes of his hilarious hot-pepper razzing has more surprise and wit and sheer barbed fun than the soggy-cardboard excuse for a talking-canine romp that is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Chloe, the pampered white pooch of the title, is voiced by Drew Barrymore as the most innocuously adorable of princesses; after landing in the street, she takes a lifetime in dog years to get down to Mexico, where she joins a Chihuahua revolution. You could say Beverly Hills Chihuahua is Lady and the Tramp meets Viva Zapata!, but seriously, I’ve seen zestier attitude in a Purina commercial. While George Lopez, Cheech Marin, and Paul Rodriguez are funny men, it’s amazing how boring these Latin-shtick cutups can be when none of them gets a single good line. D

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