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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Date: Dec 17 2008

Themes: Pets

Grammar: Adverbs

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What do Madonna, Paris Hilton, and Jennifer Lopez have in common? They’re all famous, of course, and they all own chihuahuas. Chihuahuas make a great celebrity accessory because they’re so tiny. It’s easy to carry them down the red carpet or fit them into a designer handbag.

Now every celebrity’s favorite breed has its own movie. Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a comedy about a chihuahua who gets kidnapped (or dognapped?) and has to escape and get back to her owner. The film uses real live dogs and makes it look like they’re talking through special computer effects.
Although reviews for Beverly Hills Chihuahua have been mixed, the film has been a big success at the box office. Listen to Jason talk to Beren about it.

Dialog

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Beren

Beren

Jason

Jason

Beren:  Have you seen this movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua?

Jason:  Yeah, but I saw it kinda late.

Beren:  You’ve seen it? Are you serious?

Jason:  Well, it snuck up on me. It’s such a big success right now.

Beren:  Is it animated?

Jason:  Well, it’s weirdly animated. They use CG to make the dogs actually talk.

Beren:  Oh my goodness, I don’t think that’s anything I’d want to spend two hours watching. But everybody’s really into it. Isn’t Drew Barrymore in it?

Jason:  Yeah, she’s the main character. She does do a voice-over. It’s just so funny…It’s an inherently funny breed of dog, don’t you think?

Beren:  Yeah, definitely. They’re so yappy, and you see a chihuahua and you immediately have an idea of what the owner must be like.

Jason:  Yeah, they say that people’s dogs match their personality for sure. But yeah, it’s pretty funny. It’s about…you know, a chihuahua gets kidnapped in Mexico…So it’s like…I don’t know.

Beren:  Oh my goodness.

Jason:  It’s kind of like an action film with chihuahuas.

Beren:  That’s hilarious. Maybe I’ll see it now. I did like that Taco Bell chihuahua, he was funny.

Jason:  Yeah, it’s been long enough, I think, since him.

Beren:  Alright.

 

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Discussion

Beren is surprised to learn that Jason has seen Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Even though it’s a popular movie, Beren isn’t interested in watching a movie about a talking dog.

Jason explains that the film isn’t a traditional animated movie. Instead, it uses special computer effects to make real dogs look like they’re talking. Drew Barrymore does the voice of one of the dogs.

Jason also points out that chihuahuas are naturally funny dogs. This may be because they’re so tiny, funny looking, and full of energy. There have been several famous chihuahuas, including one that appeared in commercials for a Mexican fast food restaurant. After talking to Jason, Beren decides that she might like to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua after all.

Do you have a pet? Do you think he or she says something about your personality?

 

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woodsjjt

woodsjjt

China

haven't watch this film

04:09 AM Dec 17 2008 |

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