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Title: Alvin And The Chipmunks

Year Of Release: 2007

Review Date: December 30, 2008

Rating: G

Running time: 91 minutes

Box Office Gross: $359,350,661

Site Rating: 6 out of 10 stars

I used to watch the "Alvin And The Chipmunks" cartoon when I was a kid. Now they're back and even more Chipmunky than ever, but this time in CGI.

They look pretty happy in spite of the fact Britney Spears stole the squeaky singing sound they pioneered (ok, that was a joke).

The plot involves the Chipmunks being moved from their natural habitat in the forest via a tree clearance and through a series of events, they end up freeloading off a songwriter/musician named Dave.

When Dave finds out they can sing, he gets them to perform his songs. This is the point in the movie I would have called the exterminator, but that's just me. I'm just kidding. I wouldn't have done that...I would have swatted them with the broom (seriously, I would have gently ushered them back outside).

These are the ghetto-est Chipmunks ever - you should see them dance *shakes head*. They are brown and ghetto fabulous. You haven't lived until you've heard chipmunks rap the line, "Don't stop, get it, get it" like Uncle Luke. There's something very wrong with that.

Which brings me to one of my points. While the Chipmunks are absolutely adorable and very funny, the music and jokes in parts of this movie weren't appropriate for the target audience, kids.

evil record company CEO lies to them telling them they are drinking healthy energy drinks (er, frappuccinos)

For example, during the candlelight dinner between Dave and his former girlfriend, one of the Chipmunks turned on the stereo for some romantic music and the lyric, "I want to do something freaky to you" bellowed out of the stereo.

Show of hands, how many parents want their kids going around singing the line, "I want to do something freaky to you." That's what I thought.


Why can't Hollywood ever get that right - you don't put suggestive stuff in kids programming. Some of the film was very familiar, like the line by the crooked record company executive, Uncle Ian, "Tomorrow's music today." There are several other familiar items as well.


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