Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Betty Thomas

Starring:

Zachary Levi as Toby; David Cross as Ian; Jason Lee as Dave; Voices of Justin Long as Alvin; Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon; Jesse McCartney as Theodore; Amy Poehler as Eleanor; Anna Faris as Jeanette; Christina Applegate as Brittany

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin and his brothers like being international pop stars. But, as usual, Alvin takes the fun a little too far and his antics trigger an accident that lands manager Dave in the hospital. Dave asks his cousin Toby to look after the Chips and insists they be enrolled in school while he recovers. At the same time, the Chipmunks' former manager and all-around scoundrel, Ian Hawke, happens upon a new set of harmonizing rodents—a trio of pretty girl chipmunks called the Chipettes. Ian hopes to make it back to the big-time and smash the hated Chipmunks along the way.

Despite rock stardom and a few poor choices, one thing remains most important to the Chipmunks: family. And that's a big theme of this Squeakquel. Even the video game obsessed Toby learns to take responsibility and overcome his fears. The Chipmunks put on a benefit concert for their school and help organize donations for needy children.

But that doesn't mean this Alvin and the Chipmunks movie isn't without its problems. The Chipettes' dance moves are a bit inappropriate. Bullies abuse Simon and Theodore, even dunking Simon in a toilet and throwing him in a trashcan. Other cartoon-like violence results in people being injured falling down stairs. Several characters use inappropriate language. Ian often lies to the Chipettes, which causes them to act badly.

In the end, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is dialed down from the first movie, which tended to dole out potty humor in every scene. The animation sparkles. The musical numbers are cute and bouncy. This film is sort of like a Christmastime candy cane. It’s colorful. It’s sweet. But you have to be wise about how much you gobble up. 

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