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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Silly threequel is full of pop-culture references and jokes.

Movie G 2011 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 6+

Concealed Weapons

What I don't understand about this film is why somebody thought it was a good idea to have Alvin and his "parent" argue about whether he was mature enough to go about carrying a knife. Initially he gets it confiscated, then when he proves he can be sensible (on rare occasions), he gets rewarded with the knife back. Not a great message in a children's film I'd say: "Yes, sure, you've proved you can be mature enough to have a shiv. Now off you go to school, but don't chib anyone". I see there's a new sequel out. Presumably Alvin is still a mature sensible lad who still runs about tooled up?
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age 2+


most boring movie i ever saw. it is appropriate for all ages, just non recommended whatsoever.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35 ):
Kids say (61 ):

Kids aren't overly picky when it comes to movies, so they'll be pleased with chirpy-sounding Chipmunks who sing and dance to covers of hit pop songs. Kids will also live vicariously through the six 'munks as they wreak havoc on the cruise ship and somehow manage to survive under precarious circumstances on a deserted island. Alvin is a prankster with heart; Simon changes (like Buzz Lightyear's Spanish-speaking interlude in Toy Story 3) into a bolder, French version of himself; and Theodore overcomes his fear of a jungle monster.

But parents may find themselves fighting a snooze as all of the "chipwrecked" hijinks unfold on screen. There's little to keep a grown-up's attention here, although audiences familiar with Cast Away will laugh the first time Zoe references her "ball" friends (unfortunately, the joke quickly grows tiresome). And there are a few iffy sequences, like when the Chipettes challenge a trio of Jersey Shore-esque clubgoers to a dance-off -- it's a lot of attitude and finger wagging and "oh no she didn'ts." In the end, you might wish you didn't have to sit through another Chipmunks tale ever again.

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