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Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel

December 27, 2009

Maybe it was the new director (Betty Thomas) or maybe the infusion of the awesome Chipettes, but despite the cheesy nature of Alvin and the Chipmunks, the film is pretty enjoyable for families with young ones.

Combining the popularity of Glee-type competition with the antics of the furry trio, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (still hate that title), had a few funny moments and some fun performances. Sure, this is not an Oscar worthy film, nor is it one you must rush out to theaters to watch, but the general consensus from those in the theater was that the film was entertaining and made them laugh.

Jason Lee returns but in a much smaller role this time as the beloved Dave, but moments into the show due to Alvin causing trouble, Dave is put into a hospital. The chipmunks must be watched by their Aunt Jackie (Kathryn Joosten) who brings along Toby (Zachary Levi).

Toby is a mess, literally. He forgets the brakes on Jackie’s wheelchair and she ends up in the hospital (oddly enough she never returns again) To the misfortune of the chipmunks, Toby must take over the babysitting duties, which for him involves staying in his room playing video games.

The Chipmunks, meanwhile, must begin high school (because of course every talking chipmunk must go to public schools full of humans) and that begins a whole new story where they must compete in order to save the music department at the school.

Voices of chipmunks are Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gubler as Simon, Jesse McCartney as Theodore.

The Chipettes (three talking chipmunk females that just happen to look similar to their male counterparts) are voiced by Christina Applegate as Brittany, Anna Faris as Jeanette and Amy Poehler as Eleanor.

Wendie Malick as the principal and David Cross reprising his role as Ian both goof out during the whole film and are delightful to watch. Levi also brings a little something extra to the film as Toby. In fact, Dave hardly being in the film actually helped take the movie out of the formulaic mode of the typical Alvin and the Chipmunks story.

The film is rated PG and is playing at the Oxford Malco now.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 12:55 pm

    Very nice article. I saw a webpage with a article almost identical to this one a few of hours ago. This article is a day older so I recon they have just copied and changed it. I am not accusing you of plagiarism it’s merely just warning that it’s. I can not remember the url, sorry (age thing)

  2. November 9, 2010 2:25 am

    well, im very like this movie mate. .

    this movie its very interesting to watch

  3. January 27, 2010 8:53 am

    I like this. Its my favourit movies.I have seen and want to watch again

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