Movie NewsMicah RobinsonComment, you can’t ever count Drew Barrymore out. Just when you think her career is spiraling, she quietly jumps back in her romantic comedy lane and lands a hit like this year’s Music and Lyrics, which, despite performing modestly in the US, did great business overseas. Sure, Lucky You came and went like a teenage male’s first time, but that hardly had the cutesy charm of her previous triumphs. Still, the increasingly meager domestic returns of her films prompted some, including an Entertainment Weekly article earlier this year, to wonder when enough will be enough? When will the appeal of her perpetually goofy and adolescent onscreen persona wear off? From the look of her next film, it’ll be awhile for we get the definitive answer as she’s picking up an easy paycheck in an even more juvenile genre – the talking animal flick.

We warned you not too long ago that Scooby Doo director Raja Gosnell was helming this film, South of the Border, the story of a pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua that gets lost in Mexico and must find her way back home with the help of other dogs down there, ostensibly while discovering her roots. And being that minority actors don’t have the liberty of turning down too many paychecks, they’ve since staffed this film to the gills with them (Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, George Lopez, Salma Hayek) and now cast Barrymore as the spoiled star.

This, of course, is nothing more than a quick buck and a blip on the resume for all involved. But you have to wonder how much longer Barrymore is going to keep up this holding pattern. She is, after all, one of the young ladies of Hollywood with considerable producing power, and you’d think she’d be able to line up the right projects to transition her film career into some sort of adulthood. Maybe she doesn’t give a shit, and if so, hopefully it’s because she’s too busy trying to provide decent opportunities for other actresses. After all, it’s hard out here for a chick.