NGPriest: Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Ξ February 15th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Author: NGPriest |

Directed by Raja Gosnell
Produced by David Hoberman
Todd Lieberman
John Jacobs
Ricardo Del Rio
Written by Analisa LaBianco
Jeffrey Bushell (screenplay)
Jeffrey Bushell (story)
Starring Drew Barrymore
George Lopez
Pablo Francisco
Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo
Manolo Cardona
Piper Perabo
Jamie Lee Curtis
Music by Heitor Pereira
Cinematography Phil Meheux
Editing by Sabrina Plisco
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) Mexico:
October 1, 2008
United States, Canada:
October 3, 2008
Running time 91 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
Gross revenue $117.9 million (worldwide)


Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a 2008 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures directed by Raja Gosnell and released October 3. A trailer of the upcoming Disney film Bolt was seen at the beginning. The plot centers around a Chihuahua who gets dognapped in Mexico and has to escape from an evil Doberman, El Diablo, with help from a lonely German Shepherd, Delgado, and a hyperactive male Chihuahua, Papí, who has a desperate crush on her.

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Vivian (Jamie Lee Curtis), chihuahua Chloe’s (voice of Drew Barrymore) owner, leaves the pooch with her irresponsible niece Rachel (Piper Perabo) to dog-sit. Rachel decides to go to Mexico with her pals, leaving Chloe in the room; the dog sneaks out and gets stolen while trying to find Rachel. Chloe ends up tossed into a dog fight ring in Mexico City, left to defend herself from El Diablo (voice of Edward James Olmos). Delgado (voice of Andy Garcia) rescues her from the fight, unleashing the other dogs from their cages and unlocking the ring to allow the two dogs to escape. Delgado was planning to just walk away, but he feels bad and decides to help Chloe get back home. The leader of the dog fights realizes that Chloe is worth something and sends Diablo to find Chloe. Rachel stays in Mexico to find Chloe. Meanwhile, Delgado hears Diablo’s war cry from far away, which means he’s caught her scent, and promptly pushes Chloe into a mud puddle to wash off her Channel #5. He then helps Chloe reach a 5-star hotel in which she is a preferred customer, however, seeing she is covered in mud, the employees kick her out. Meanwhile, Delgado sees a white Chihuahua he believes to be Chloe in the resturaunt. Believing Chloe abandoned him, he leaves. When Chloe comes around to the front, she finds that Delgado has abandoned her. Chloe’s doggie friends back home are enjoying a birthday party, while they wonder where she is, believing her to be somewhere “under a palm tree being waited on by some hunky husky”. Meanwhile, Chloe has found shelter for the night in a cardboard box under a bench. Rachel’s friend sneaks into Vivian’s house to get a picture of Chloe when she is caught by the landscaper, Sam (Manolo Cardona). He and his dog Papí (voice of George Lopez) from Beverly Hills, who is in love with Chloe, go to Mexico to find her. Rachel and the landscaper team up and set off to find Chloe. In the morning, Chloe has a run-in with Diablo, and Delgado swoops in to save her. They run through a museum, Diablo hot on their heels. They manage to escape, and they ride a truck to Puerto Vallarta. Meanwhile, Papí smells Chloe’s scent on two of the dogs from the dog fights, and Rachel and Sam bring them to Rachel’s hotel room, where they wash them and brush their teeth. The two dogs are later given loving homes. In Puerto Vallarta, Chloe’s only form of identification, her diamond-studded collar, is stolen by a con artist team consisting of a rat, Manuel (voice of Cheech Marin) and an iguana, Chico (voice of Paul Rodriguez) (who is reluctant to go along with Manuel’s plans). Furious, Delgado puts her on a train headed northwest to Tijuana, then turns to leave. As the train pulls away, Chloe reminds Delgado he promised to get her home. He gives in and runs after the train, barely making it on board. When the conductor comes around, Delgado decides to escape the train. Chloe, seeing he jumped off, jumps on top of him. As they walk to civlilzation, Chloe finds out Delgado used to be a police dog. He failed a major bust and his partner got hurt, causing him to lose his sense of smell. The two are then attacked by mountain lions. Delgado fends them off while he barks at Chloe to go hide, the latter hiding in between Delgado’s legs. The two are then saved from the mountain lions by a pack of Chihuahuas. The leader, Montezuma, Chloe and Delgado to a set of old Aztec ruins where they live. He tells Chloe that the Chihuahua breed is a mighty one, and that they are not meant to be lap dogs. He then tells Chloe she has to find her bark, which comes out as a high-pitched squeak. He reassures her that her bark will come when she needs it. Chloe and Delgado head out in the morning and make it to a national park in Mexico, where Chloe is regonized as the lost dog on the posters by an employee. Rachel and the landscaper go to get Chloe but Diablo beats them to her. Delgado hears her distress bark, but can’t find her location because of his lack of sense of smell. The rat and iguana con artists give Delgado the diamond-studded necklace so he can trace her scent, and his sense of smell comes back to him. They end up in an old ruin where Papí gets locked in a cage; Chloe helps Papí to escape. Chloe finds her bark when Papí is cornered while trying to distract Diablo, and with the help of Delgado, they get Diablo to surrender. Delgado gets reinstated as a K9 Unit and Rachel and Sam take the dogs home. Back in Beverly Hills, Vivian likes Chloe’s new smell (an earthy smell she obtained from the ruins, dubbed Mexico #5 by Papí). Papí and Chloe relax on the patio. Chloe thanks Papí for his help and she tells him that she loves him in Spanish and she licks him down to the ground as her way of showing her love. Before the end credits, Papí explains what happens to the Diablo and the other two dog fight dogs, he and Chloe go on their first date, and Sam begins dating Rachel.

 

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