Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked

 
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Silly threequel is full of pop-culture references and jokes.
  • Review Date: December 16, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 16, 2011
DVD release date:March 27, 2012
Cast:Anna Faris, Jason Lee, Justin Long
Director:Mike Mitchell
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Music and sing-along
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent Written byjagu dabang khan December 24, 2011
 

OH YEAH BABY YOUR GONNA HATE IT

It is an ok movie suitable for kids over the age of 8.I dont think it is the best of all movies but it is reasonable.My kids did not enjoy it and i certainly would not reccommend it
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2012
 

alvin and the chimpmunks 3 aint good as the first one.

this movie is not good as the first one I havent seen the second one so I cant review it. This movie kind of kept my intrest its good for kids between 4-8 yrs of age. This movie aint good for kids ages between 10-14 yrs. so I didnt like this movie.
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Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old May 5, 2012
 

SINGING EVERYWHERE!!!

funny this movie had so much singing! not like the first 2 ( they dont mention its the third) did not have this amout of singing. i found this a new high school musical discised as alvin and the chimpmunks to the makers: if you make a 4th ( i hope you dont) make less singing. i say if you like musicals everywhere knock yourself out unless that its really bad

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