Movie Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

They're cute, they're funny, and they're back! The singing sensations Alvin, Simon, and Theodore plus the lovely Chipettes Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor once more bring mayhem and music on the big screen in their latest adventure called Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Jason Lee returns as long-suffering guardian Dave Seville and David Cross as cranky ex-music producer Ian, along with the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, and Amy Poehler.

The group was supposed to be en route to the International Music Awards via a luxury cruise ship. Expectedly, Alvin couldn't resist pulling all the stops and pushing the limits of what he can do on the virtually spacious playground. No thanks to him, he and the rest of the chipmunks find themselves stranded on an island where there are no comforts of home nor room service.

The domesticated and pampered "six-some" then have to figure out how to forage for food and find shelter while waiting for Dave to rescue them. Soon after, they discover that they're not alone on the seemingly deserted island. There, they meet Zoe (played by Jenny Slater), who has already been there for years and who has made friends with a basketball, golf ball, baseball, tennis ball, and nerf football and even gave them names!

The friendly group dynamics shift when Theodore gets bitten by a spider and they discover some hidden treasure. In addition, the island's volcano starts rumbling and threatens everyone's safety.

Find out what happens by watching the movie. Is Zoe a friend or a foe? What lessons would the chipmunks learn on the island? And will Dave find his "kids" in time to make it to the music awards?

Parents, whose kids would likely beg to be brought to see the film, would be glad to know that the central themes of the movie are about growing up and trying to make the right choices as well as letting children find out for themselves how much of a difference they could make when they do decide to become responsible not only for themselves, but for the people they care about.

Like me and my youngest son, I'm sure you'll also find a lot of things to like in Chipwrecked. The blending of voices in the musical numbers alone will make you tap your feet and even sing along!

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. opens nationwide today, January 8.   

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