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
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.