|Movie: Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel * Official Site||In Theaters: Dec. 23, 2009|
|Runtime: 88 minutes||Directed by: Betty Thomas|
|MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor||Gecko Rating:|
After an onstage mishap lands Dave (Jason Lee) in the hospital, the Chipmunks end up in the care of his slacker cousin Toby (Zachary Levi). Alvin (Justin Long), Theodore (Jesse McCartney) and Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) attend school and discover girls, bullies, and peer pressure, as Alvin joins the football team and spends less time with his brothers.
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Meanwhile, the nefarious talent agent from the first movie, Ian (David Cross), returns and takes the new Chipettes (Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate) under his wing. Only his intentions are mainly to make money for himself. And things don’t go well when the Chipmunks and the Chipettes find themselves competing against each other in a school singing competition, in order to save the school’s music program.
This movie is cute and entertaining, especially the musical numbers, which include a take-off on Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The songs are fun, the characters are likeable (except for Ian), and all of the issues involving the chipmunks and humans are resolved in the end. Zachary Levi is a great addition to the fold, and I can see more Chipmunk movies being made.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a fun movie you don’t have to think about, one that both kids and adults can just sit back and enjoy in all its silliness. And the chipmunks are just adorable.
NOTE TO PARENTS: The Chipettes include suggestive hip movements in their act. Boy and girl chipmunks flirt and have crushes on each other. Toby and a former schoolmate like each other. Some mildly scary scenes involve Theodore developing a fear of eagles, then running into a real one (but he overcomes the fear). Some bullying at school, including a toilet “swirly” scene. A greedy talent agent locks the Chipettes in a cage, but all is resolved in the end. Language includes one use of “junk in the trunk,” as well as words like “butt” and “big jerk.”
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