December 17, 2011
Review - " Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked "
(in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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and their disgraced manager, Ian (David Cross), now a lowly costumed ship's mascot, tumbling in after them.
They wash up on an island, the chipmunks in one pack, the humans in another. Each must find food, find ways to make fire
and hope for rescue. Maybe they'll even find each other.
Simon, "the responsible one," suffers a spider bite that turns him into a French-accented adventurer who goes by the name
"See-MONE." Thus Alvin finds himself having to be "the responsible one."
There's always time for a song, from "Party Rock" and "Bad Romance" to The Go Go's "Vacation" and the campfire favorite,
The gags — Chipettes having a dance battle with cruise ship passengers from the Jersey Shore — and the jokes are pretty
tame, the script relying a bit too heavily on "Oh no you didn't" sass and kick-in-the-groin "Oh, my acorns" cracks aimed at 10-
and-unders. It's about what you'd expect from a chipmunks movie directed by the fellow who handled "Surviving Christmas"
and "Shrek Forever After" — not much.
But the message — about giving kids responsibility — and the tone make it hard to hate on these "Chip-Wrecked"
chipmunks. At least they took the time to sum up the whole movie in one Chipette-to-Chipmunk put-down:
"You can make all the jokes you want, Alvin, but you can't make this interesting."
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross, & some furry rodents in sweaters
Alvin and the Chipmunks return to the big screen in "Chip-Wrecked," a "Cast
Away" take-off that parks the three chipmunks, their three Chipette counterparts
and their human family on a deserted island.
Most adults would sooner gouge their ears out than sit through these kids' films.
But for captive parents in need of a reference point, "Chip-Wrecked" is almost as
funny as the last film, 2009's "The Squeakquel." And the return of Jason Lee as
Dave Seville, the rodent wrangler who keeps our pop-singing ground squirrels in
line, gives the picture a hint of the heart that made 2007's "Alvin and the
Chipmunks" work, at least for its intended audience.
This time, the squeakers are off on a cruise before performing at a big
international music awards show. And Alvin being Alvin, mischief is made and
puns are purloined.
"I like my tails shaken, not stirred," The Big A (voiced by Justin Long) chirps as he
dons a tux and sneaks out to hit the casino.
But that's nothing compared to the disaster Alvin creates on deck. A kite and
hang-gliding accident leads to Chipmunks and Chipettes overboard, with Dave