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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

By Christopher Gildemeister


Release Date: October 3, 2008

MPAA rating: PG for some mild thematic elements

Starring: voices of Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo and Edward James Olmos

Recommended age: 5+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green 




Very mild and brief innuendo


“Dognapping,” brief implied violence against human, dogs chasing one another, threats, slapstick violence


“Bugger it,” “tinkle”




Chloe is the spoiled, pampered pet of Beverly Hills fashion designer Aunt Viv, beloved by Papi, the pet of  Viv’s landscaper Sam. When Viv goes on a business trip, she entrusts Chloe to her irresponsible niece Rachel, who takes Chloe along on a trip to Mexico. Chloe is “dognapped” and placed in a dogfighting arena, but escapes with the help of former police dog Delgado. While Rachel, Sam and Papi frantically search Mexico for her, Chloe and Delgado try to get back to Beverly Hills –encountering adventure and romance along the way.   


Beverly Hills Chihuahua is nearly devoid of objectionable content. There are many action-filled scenes, but no violence of concern. Chloe is “dognapped” and placed in a dogfighting arena with the savage Doberman El Diablo, but aside from some muttered threats no violence occurs. Several times Chloe and Delgado are in threatening situations (such as a confrontation with mountain lions), but no harm ever occurs. One very brief flashback ends with Delgado’s human police partner being attacked and lying on the ground, but no actual violence or blood is shown. Several scenes feature dogs running over or trampling humans. Papi bites one criminal on the nose, and a rat and iguana are chased by a broom-wielding shopkeeper. Sexual content is limited to one brief reference, when one of Chloe’s female dog friends states of finding a boyfriend, “I’d be happy with one who’s not fixed.” There is no foul language, though at one point the exasperated Delgado seems to mutter “bugger it,” and Chloe once states that she “tinkled.” The movie incorporates several positive themes, such as the importance of loyalty and friendship. Through her adventures, the snobbish Chloe learns to appreciate others, finds her own inner strength and falls in love with Papi – even though he has no “papers.”


Beverly Hills Chihuahua is ideal family-friendly entertainment. Starring talking animals children will sympathize with and love, the movie is filled with action, adventure, romance and positive messages, yet never slides into violence or crudity for its humor, and is a model for others in the entertainment industry to follow.


The Parents Television Council is proud to award Beverly Hills Chihuahua with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this movie for children over age five.


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