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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fourth Chipmunks movie is silly, brand-filled (as always).

Movie PG 2015 86 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 10+

I don't get it

I'm not even conservative about what my child watches, but I don't understand why a kids movie would need to have SO many adult references like bars, clubs, drinking drinking drinking. I think it keeps the drinking culture alive and seeming fun to kids from a young age. It just doesn't make sense for this obviously kid oriented movie.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 9+

Do not waste your time!

This movie constantly portrays females as "sexy," dressed in short shorts, tanks, bikini's, high heels. Even the girl chipmunks are portrayed as "sexy," walking and dancing in this fashion. I think movie conveys a bad message to young girls, and what is their value. This is a kids movie…why do they have to add any of this crap in the movie.
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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (14):
Kids say (33):

It's easy to ask yourself why these forgettable Chipmunk movies keep happening, but the answer is simple: money. The first two made more than $210 million at the box office, and the third one still managed to break $130 million. So this fourth installment will undoubtedly be profitable, too, even if it's far from the kind of film families want to see over and over again. The one big improvement this time around is that the Chipettes aren't in it as much, so there's no cringe-inducing romantic tension except for a couple of throwaway lines when the Chipmunks are all together. The fact that the Chipettes are bigger artists with more fame (they're the ones judging American Idol) is a clever way to have them in the story, but in a tangential way.

What continues to baffle is that, after all these years, poor Dave still trusts his three Chipmunks when they've repeatedly broken his trust and acted irresponsibly. And it's still really odd that well-known actors would voice parts in which their voices are unrecognizable. Why not just leave it to professional voice actors to voice the Chipmunks if no one can tell who's who? (Perhaps "money" is the answer to that question, too?) There are a couple of funny moments, usually courtesy of Hale's misguided air marshal, who becomes obsessed with punishing the Chipmunks for ruining his stellar career. But Hale, a multiple award winner for his role on Veep, is far too talented to be wasting a credit on this forgettable franchise fare. Otherwise, the most redeeming aspect of these movies is the undeniable, if familiar, messages about families looking many different ways, the strength of brotherhood, and the unconditional love between parent and child.

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