Reviewed by: Melisa Pollock
|Featuring||Jason Lee, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Don Tiffany, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Jane Lynch, Jordan Green, Allison Karman, Tiara Parker, Kira Verrastro|
|Producer||Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Michele Imperato, Janice Karman, Karen Rosenfelt, Steve Waterman|
|Distributor||20th Century Fox Animation|
The story begins with Alvin, Simon, and Theodore living in the forest storing nuts for the winter in a hollow tree they call home. Their tree is cut down and so begins the adventure of “Alvin and The Chipmunks.” We learn how Alvin, Simon, and Theodore came to meet Dave and see the beginning of their path to STARDOM.
I listed the movie as having mild violence, because of some of the action scenes: for example, in anger, instruments are thrown outside; a gallon jar is dropped on Dave’s head from a cabinet knocking him out, while there are comments about needing a shovel and garbage bags; balloons sucked into a ceiling fan while a chipmunk is holding them, etc.
As for the potty humor, like the “raisin” that was dropped on couch and eaten by one of the chipmunks, there are a couple of those, but not excessive, very minor.
It appears that Hollywood has given the chipmunks a makeover. The cute, innocent chipmunks I remember from childhood have been made into “Rock Stars” throughout much of this movie. Many of the songs and even the style of singing are more rock/pop style, complete with the dancing moves of today. In rehearsal, one of their record producers/managers is showing them moves, dancing, and saying 'Give us some booty, spank it, spank it' while hitting himself on the backside. The girls who dance on the stage behind the chipmunks are wearing low rider jeans and mid-drift blouses/jackets revealing several inches of skin between the two. Some of the women in the audience are wearing very low cut blouses, revealing cleavage. In another scene, Dave had invited a woman over for dinner; the chipmunks were talking amongst themselves, “How’s it going?” “Terrible, they’re not even sniffing each other.” “They need some help from Dr. Love.” The chipmunks put on some music with what sounded to me like some very suggestive lyrics. The scene has some talking and action in it, so you can’t make out all the lyrics but the few I heard were, “ahhhhhhh, slip, slide on down,… not ashamed, listen baby, 12 positions” Dave turned the music off and told the chipmunks to stop. There was one instance of using God’s name in vain, but in Spanish: the phrase “madre de Dios” (mother of God).
The issues I have mentioned are present in the film, but they appear to be minor, not in your face or excessive. Most of them sound worse in writing than they actually appear in the film as you are watching it. I think part of it could go unnoticed, unless you were expecting it or watching for it.
Overall, the movie was entertaining, and most everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5