Chloe (voice of - Drew Barrymore
), is an ultra-pampered pet of a California cosmetics queen (Jamie Lee Curtis
"Freaky Friday"). She is taken on vacation to Mexico by the queen’s selfish niece Rachel (Piper Perabo
"Because I Said So"), and gets dognapped . Then Chloe's trapped at a dog-fighting show and forced to fight a gruesome Doberman named Diablo (vo - Edward James Olmos
) . Luckily, she’s rescued by a friendly German Shepherd named Delgado (vo - Andy Garcia
), a former police dog who’s lost his sense of smell. Chloe and her rescuer are being searched for by an increasingly nice Rachel, accompanied by her aunt’s sweet landscaper Sam (Manolo Cardona
"My Brother's Wife") and his rambunctious pooch, Papi (vo - George Lopez
), who has developed an unrequited crush on the cute chihuahua. While being pursued by Diablo, Chloe falls victim to the scams of a larcenous packrat and his iguana sidekick, while Delgado who becomes her protector, tries to smuggle her back to the U.S.
The film is directed by Raja Gosnell
(“Scooby Doo”) who has become very adept at mixing together real actors, live-action, actual animals whose mouths move via animation, and pure special effects. And things ultimately turn out fine for all the good guys and the villains get their just deserts. And though the script hardly has a lot of laughs, and the dialogue falls flat more often than it induces chuckles, the voice cast is a good one and gives it their all. The humans are less fortunate.
Basically this is a mostly an unfunny, uninventive live-action variation on those much better animated Disney animal adventures like "Lady and the Tramp." If it were only as good as the trailers! Probably it will entertain the kids, but grown-ups might well be appalled.