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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Amusing, silly sequel has a bit more edge than original.

Movie PG 2009 88 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 69 parent reviews

age 6+

I like this movie but…

Normally I would rate it 2 or 3 but Ian says more bad words then the last one. Not really bad words but bad words.
age 5+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (69 ):
Kids say (118 ):

This "squeakquel" from director Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie, Dr. Dolittle) is not so much good as it is low-key, amusing, and painless. It has enough funny one-liners and bits of physical humor to entertain both kids and parents (especially if the parents are already Chipmunk fans). Crude humor is kept to a minimum, but Alvin's attempts at teen hipster talk may annoy parents and inspire impressionable kids to imitate him. And the Chipettes' dancing is designed to suggest many of today's pop starlets (Beyonce, Shakira, etc.) with some suggestive hip-wiggling.

But these quibbles come surprisingly infrequently. Overall, the movie doesn't try too hard for viewers' affections (it doesn't jump in your lap like a yapping puppy) and moves with speed and confidence. The songs are fun, the chipmunks are likeable, and the movie seems to have its heart in the right place. It may inspire some giggles and unexpected smiles from the whole family.

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