Alvin and the Chipmunks

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +1

Jason Lee, Jane Lynch, Cameron Richardson, David Cross. Kids comedy. Written by Jon Vitti, Chris Viscardi, Will McRobb. Directed by Tim Hill.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A wannabe songwriters house is invading by three precocious chipmunks. And to his surprise, they talk. And to his astonishment they sing! Soon a record deal is signed and the trio of rodents find themselves beloved rock stars. But is life on the road what the little guys are looking for? And is the songwriter about to learn that its a lonely life without family even if family consists of three talking, troublemaking tree-dwellers?

PREVIEW REVIEW: If youre looking for a sparkling satire on the music industry, what are you doing at this movie? This ones slapstick and poop-humor fueled. Though baby boomers may have a nostalgic warm spot for these cartoon critters, their generational appeal is as outdated as the Slinky. What grownup wants to see a live-action/computer-generated kiddie film about high-pitched speaking squirrels? Not even those who bought Alvins two biggest hits, The Chipmunk Song and The Witch Doctor, are going to be first in line for this one surely.

Thats not to say the film is a stinker. It has some positives. Basically, its aimed at little ones. And thats where the grownup appreciation will come in. Sitting amid a matinee audience (I missed the press screening, darn), I got a charge out of the reaction of little ones in the theater. Their laughter helped make it an enjoyable experience for this critic. I assume thats the greatest aspect for a parent having to sit through such films, as well.

There are some funny moments, some positive messages about needing to be loved and belonging to family, the special effects are satisfactory, and despite some gyrating dancers, and the requisite poop joke or two, its a clean movie mostly. Entertainment wise, well, its better than 27 Dresses. But dont expect me to go buy the soundtrack.

Wondering about the PG rating? Please read the content section.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Occasional poop and flatulence humor.

Obscene Language: I caught none, though I question why there were so many sexual innuendos coming from child-like characters.

Profanity: Three variations of Oh my God.

Violence: Much slapstick humor

Sex: : Sexual innuendo some from the chipmunks, which are supposed to be too young to know of such things; female dancers gyrate provocatively as the chipmunks perform.

Nudity: Women in bikinis are featured in a brief scene.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Alcohol is present in several scenes.

Other: Some inappropriate song lyrics, meant as humorous but containing some sexual innuendo; the chipmunks can be rowdy and rude, but they are gentle and looking for the love of a parental figure.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Little one and '50s buffs

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