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Alvin and the Chipmunks, Chipwrecked (2011)


Question: who doesn't love these adorable, fluffy creatures? Sure, Alvin can be a bit... what's the word - trying, but other than that, aren't their little faces just the cutest ever? I am way past the age-group that this is targeted for (and I went without the company of any kids!) and I think my twenty-year-old cousin thought this was a strange movie choice to spend a ticket price on in theaters, but I say, who cares? This merry band is too much fun to miss out on. 

They are world-famous and famed vocal talents. They are experienced jet-setters and award-winners. And, yet they are just the typical, average kids - they are Alvin and the Chipmunks. Manager and adoptive parent Dave Seville (Jason Lee) is ready for a vacation, and so he takes his now six charges on a cruise prior to their big debut at the International Music Awards. Alvin (voiced by Justin Long) is up to his usual antics before the band even boards the ship - and he is no where to be found. Dave's head count results in only five kids instead of six. Soon Alvin is back on the scene having checked them into the ship, taken a peek at their room and ordered room service. Once aboard, there is no controlling Alvin forcing Dave to attend the Captain's table for dinner in order to make apologies. Simon (voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler) advises that Dave loosen the reigns just a smidgen because kids respond to trust and responsibility but Dave is skeptical - still, he allows for it but returns to their suite to find his worry justified. 

Young Theo (voiced by Jesse McCartney) is watching a scary movie, Alvin and Simon are no where to be found and the girls - Brittney, Jeanette and Eleanor (voiced by Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, Amy Poehler) are out dancing the night away in flashy costumes at the on-ship club. This is the last straw for the Captain and Dave, so with strict boundaries are the Chipmunks allowed out on deck. During their game of shuffle board (which Alvin scoffs at), Dave falls asleep prompting Alvin to seize the opportunity to find more mischief when the kite he is flying on is carried away on a sudden gust of wind, and off he and his friends fly - without Dave. Nervous at the prospect of being away from Dave, Theo wonders if Dave will even come looking for him while Alvin is forced to become the *gulp* responsible one. What more could possibly go wrong? 

Ever since the first film in this "trio franchise," I fell in love with Simon, Theodore (my favorite!) and, yes, even Alvin. Although I was unfamiliar with the original material, I knew "The Christmas Song" as a familiar piece of holiday cheer - and let me tell you, the 'Munks' have come a long way since those early days. Case in point: who’d have ever thought we’d hear the Chipmunks crooning some Katy Perry (“Firework”) or Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”) – I mean, really, that seems… hard to fathom. As a result, the music is less of the classic material and more of a collaboration of modern pop tunes. Still, it’s a fun soundtrack – the only one I’ve actually bought of the Chipmunk fame (it is a CD I pop in when I am in need of a good laugh). Other recognizable tunes include “Whip my Hair” and “Trouble” (awesome beat, right!?).

Of the three, this one felt the most contrived because of a subplot that borrows heavily from a well-known film. This isn’t meant to be an academy-award winner and therefore can be forgiven much; still, I think a certain part of said plot could have been written a bit differently. There was a different direction to this movie that may have hindered its creativity somewhat because up until now, it hadn’t seemed as if these films were desperate to come up with a viable plot. Nevertheless, I found this a darned good time – and it made me genuinely laugh which is something all too rare in Hollywood today. Sassy Brittany lipping off is priceless; Jeanette’s shy demeanor is adorable and Simon spouting off bookish smarts amusing, while the littlest chipmunks are too cute for words – who in their right minds wouldn’t think Eleanor and Theo the cutest ever? Then there is Alvin… and he’s just, well, a rascal. *wink*

I’ve no complaints that are justified for this third “sequel.” It is actually quite cute and although it was not given kind remarks by critics, there is no basis for that considering this isn’t meant to be intelligent. It is a movie made to entertain children and their families – and it does. It’s awfully cute and should be enjoyed as nothing more than good, clean fun. It just makes its viewer smile… so why not just… enjoy the ride!  

(Rated PG for some mild innuendo and rambunctious behavior; a villain tries to force Jeanette to do something she doesn’t want to do.)  
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  1. I want to see this one. I just know I'll be laughing :) Hey I awarded you!
    Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

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  2. This movie = ADORABLE! The laughs are many; I hope you see it sometime, Sierra! =)

    Oh! Goodness, thank you SO much for the award, girl! It is much appreciated - thank you, thank you. =)

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