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Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! - Blu-ray Review

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3
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Bottom line:: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!

MPAA Rating: G
Genre: Comedy/Family
Guide Age Recommendation: 4+
Runtime: Approx. 89 minutes

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! - Overview

Papi (voice of George Lopez) and Chloe (voice of Odette Annable) are back, and they now have five playful pups. Their human owners, Sam and Rachel have decided it's time to move out of Aunt Viv's house and get a place of their own. They stumble upon an ad in the paper for a hotel looking for a head landscape manager and a sous chef -- which would be perfect for them, since Sam is a gardener and Rachel has graduated from culinary school.

Their interviews at the luxurious Langham Hotel go fine, but it's Chloe who lands them the jobs. The hotel manager sees her as the perfect doggy face for their dog-owner directed advertising. So, the whole gang moves into the posh hotel. Sam gets started on making the landscaping artful, Rachel deals with a persnickety and often rude head chef, Chloe gets pampered in her life as a model, and the pups go to a new puppy training school. Poor Papi just doesn't know what to do with himself.

While he's nosing around looking for things to do, though, Papi stumbles upon a few things that just don't seem right. As he obsessed about a nefarious plot he believes is afoot, his little pup Rosa struggles with being the runt of the litter, and the rest of the gang try to adjust to their new lives. When things seem to come tumbling down around them, will Papi be able to save the day?

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! - Guide Review for Parents

The Beverly Hills Chihuahua franchise caters to a specific audience: kids who love dogs. Kids love to see the dogs interacting with each other, talking, wearing ridiculous outfits, singing, dancing and so on. For adults, the movies can be a little painful to sit through, but if they makes the kids happy...

The third movie in this franchise finds Papi and his family moving into a luxurious hotel. The movie is quite colorful and pretty to watch overall, and the doggy outfits will certainly make kids smile. My daughter is absolutely obsessed with chihuahuas, and she was so riveted on the dogs in this movie -- for about 15 minutes. That's when she decided to go practice the art of spinning around in another room. The movie has all the makings of a fun film for kids, but the story just isn't very engaging for little ones. The full length of the movie will appeal to kids who are old enough to follow the plot but young enough to still appreciate a talking dog movie.

Aside from a few potty jokes about the intricate messages a dog can glean from smelling another dog's pee, the movie is clean and family friendly, and there are even a few moments of genuine comedy. Even the bad guys in the movie are unethical more than sinister, so there aren't any scenes that would likely be frightening or disturbing for young kids. The movie emphasizes the importance of family, loyalty and caring for each person, or dog, as an individual. The father-daughter relationship between Papi and Rosa is sweet and insightful.

What I did love about the storyline, is that it portrays in a very compact way the reality of family life: everyone going 10 different directions, dealing with their own challenges and struggles and some going through periods of loneliness or sadness. At the end of the day, it is the job of each family member to take the time out of their busy lives to reach out to each other and really see each individual for who they really are and to try to understand what they are going through. Papi does this in the movie, and then he acts on what he sees by trying to uplift his family and celebrate each family member in a way that will be meaningful to them.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! - Bonus Features

  • "Hanging with Papi": Spend the day on set with Papi
  • "Living Your Dreams" - Music video by Raini Rodriguez
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