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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Silly threequel is full of pop-culture references and jokes.
  • G
  • 2011
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 42 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 48 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This is not an educational movie -- it's strictly for entertainment purposes.

Positive Messages

The movie's most crucial positive message is that family means unconditional love, something Alvin doubts when he realizes that he's disappointed Dave again.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dave is a positive role model because he tirelessly tracks down the Chipmunks and saves them. The Chipmunks and Chipettes work together to find a way off the island.

Violence & Scariness

There's some mild peril and lots of slapstick. Theodore is frightened of a movie called Jungle Monster, which he shouldn't be watching. Young viewers might be upset when the chipmunks and then Dave and Ian are washed away toward the deserted island. A few precarious situations pose a danger to the characters, but no one is hurt (although a greedy island dweller captures Jeanette and forces her to locate hidden treasure).

Sexy Stuff

There's a love interest between the Chipmunks and the Chipettes -- particularly Simon and Jeanette. Simon is poisoned and winds up acting like an accented lothario, which leads him to romance Jeanette, hug her, and kiss her hand -- as well as save her from imminent danger. The other chipmunks insist that Simon and Jeanette went on a "date." The Chipettes' routines feature some suggestive dance moves, and in one scene, they challenge a trio of human Jersey Shore-like caricatures and sing and dance provocatively. One song has lyrics like "I wave my tail back and forth," which the girls sing while wearing just a towel. Eleanor sews outfits that would be considered "sexy" on a human. Alvin also flirts with a woman gambling at the cruise casino.


Occasional use of insulting comments like "no you didn't!" or "little rodent" or "fat" and "pain in the ..."


The Carnival brand plays a prominent role, since it's the cruise line the Chimpunks are on before they go overboard. Other brands mentioned or shown include Swiss Army, YouTube video references, and Apple. Off camera, the Chipmunks are featured on McDonald's Happy Meals and various toys, video games, and apparel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this third installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie series is more of the same -- lots of pop culture references, physical comedy, and a few suggestive moments. There's nothing overly troublesome in Chip-Wrecked, but young kids might be frightened when the Chipmunks wind up on the deserted island, especially when its lone inhabitant turns on them and captures a Chipette. Two of the chip-characters engage in an overt flirtation and (tame) romance; Alvin also tries to hit on a woman who's gambling at a casino, and the Chipettes wear notably short outfits. The movie's ultimate message is one of family and friendship, but it's a bit buried underneath the sense that the whole thing is a commercial for Chipmunks merchandise.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written byrorobill December 31, 2011


The entire movie is a wink and a nod to adult moviegoers. Chockablock with pop-cultural references and inappropriate music. They've sexualized the female c... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 6, 7, 10, 10, and 17 year old Written byCharlie The Cat December 17, 2011

Not For My 5 Year Old Boy

It's Good For my 6,7,10, My other 10 year old, and my 17 year old's. My 5 year old can't see it. Ages 6+
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneRandom December 27, 2011


I hate to be the so called " Debbie Downer " here, but...you seriously don't want someone under 8 watching this. The first two movies were honest... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 31, 2011

Not for Me, but May Work for You!

DO NOT TAKE YOUR 10 YEAR OLD CHILD TO SEE THIS! She will be bored out of her mind! But if you have a kid 9 or under, they would LOVE this movie!! The chipmunks... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this third installment of the Alvin and Chipmunks franchise, Dave (Jason Lee) takes the Chipmunks -- Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) -- and the Chipettes -- Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Faris), and Eleanor (Amy Poehler) -- on a Carnival cruise for their family vacation. After a series of cruiseline shenanigans, the Chipmunks and Chipettes wind up overboard and on a deserted island where they meet Zoe (Jenny Slade), who has been a castaway for years and talks to an assortment of sports balls for company. Dave follows the Chipmunks with former boss Ian (David Cross) to attempt a rescue mission.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the relationship between Dave and the Chipmunks is depicted. How does Alvin learn about the consequences of his behavior?

  • Are the Chipettes too suggestive in their dances and song choices? Would it be different if the characters were human instead of chipmunks?

  • What does Simon learn about his personality after "waking up" from being the more adventurous, flirtatious "French" Simon?

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