Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! parents guide

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Parent Guide

Although harmless enough, these Beverly Hills Chihuahuas don't offer much meat to chew on.

Overall B

Life goes to the dogs for Papi the Chihuahua (voiced by George Lopez) when he moves his family into a luxury hotel and starts to lose his close relationship with his little pups.

Violence A
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

Why is Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! rated G? The MPAA rated Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! G

Run Time: 89 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

Life is good for Papi the Chihuahua (voiced by George Lopez) and his family. These pampered pets live with their owners in a lavish Beverly Hills home, where Papi is enjoying home schooling his five mischievous puppies. But when their masters accept jobs at the ritzy Langhman Hotel, and gleefully move into a posh suite, Papi’s life goes a bit loco.

To encourage their patrons to bring their canine companions along with them, the Langhman Hotel is a virtual pooch paradise, complete with a doggy spa, swimming pool and beautiful grounds. It also offers a doggy day care service, where puppies can be looked after by an energetic instructor, Jenny, (Briana Lane) and her dog Oscar, (voiced by Jake Busey). While Papi’s little ones are excited at the prospect of ditching dad and going to “real school,” Papi is unhappy at watching them grow up and become less dependant on him. Even more alarming, there is something very suspicious about the perky Jenny and Oscar duo, but only Papi seems to notice. His wife Chloe (voiced by Odette Annable), who is enjoying the glamour of being a favourite at their new residence, scoffs at his concerns. And his best friend Uncle Pedro (voiced by Ernie Hudson), a pit-bull with a passion for peanut butter, is too smitten with a fluffy hotel purebred to care.

To add to Papi’s problems, Rosa (voiced by Kay Panabaker), the smallest of the Chihuahua puppies, is tired of being the runt of the litter. When she voices her concerns to her dad he determines to prove his worth as a father and regain his place in his puppies’ hearts by throwing a fantastic Quinceañera for Rosa. These celebrations, held throughout Latin America to commemorate a girl’s fifteenth birthday, are a tradition Papi grew up with and an opportunity to make the smallest member of his family feel special. However, between planning the party, snooping on Jenny and Oscar, and otherwise wreaking havoc on the Langhman Hotel, things quickly get out of hand.

Despite a less than original plot line and typical silliness, the film does allude to important issues of growing up, letting go, and staying united as a family. However, these messages will be lost on younger viewers who will be more intent on the adventures of the Chihuahua pups than on Papi’s conflicted feelings about fatherhood. Although harmless enough, these Beverly Hills Chihuahuas don’t offer much meat to chew on.

Directed by Lev L. Spiro. Starring George Lopez, Odette Annable, Kay Panabaker, Ashley Boettcher, Briana Lane, Ernie Hudson. Running time: 89 minutes. Updated

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!
Rating & Content Info

Why is Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! rated G? Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! is rated G by the MPAA

While the movie is lacking in serious content concerns, it still suffers from resorting to silly scenarios and some potty humour to fill up screen time. These include references to “pee-mail;” messages delivered in true doggy fashion by marking one’s territory and waiting for neighbours to come by and sniff. As well, when Uncle Pedro discusses his new love interest with his friends, they eagerly ask “is she fixed?” The puppies also retaliate against a school bully by tugging on his spandex swimsuit to give him a “wedgie”. The bully and other antagonists in the script have foreign accents. Language is limited to a few terms of deity and some name calling. Characters drink wine at social events.

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More parents' guide for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! after the break...

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Parents' Guide

When the Chihuahuas move to the Langhman Hotel, Rosa has a hard time adjusting to a new school. What are some ways you could help new students feel welcome at your school?

A Quinceañera is a tradition found in many Latin American countries. What traditions do you have in your family, and what cultures do they come from? Learn more about Quinceañera here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinceañera

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! movie is September 18, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!

Release Date: 18 September 2012

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Releases to home video in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack. Bonus extras include:

- Hangin’ with Papi- Spend the day on set with Papi

- Living Your Dream - Music Video Performed by Raini Rodriguez

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