If there’s one thing the children of America are clamoring for, it’s another sequel to a movie based on a 1950s novelty record. That is the logic behind ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED, which finds the helium-voiced CGI rodents taking a cruise with their adopted human father, played by Jason Lee.
Soon enough, though, they all find themselves marooned on a remote island whose only other inhabitant is an unhinged woman played by former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate. She’s been stuck there for years.
Because you just can’t make a kids movie without some kind of pandering, simplistic moral, there’s also a subplot involving Alvin learning to earn Dave’s trust. There’s a germ of a light, goofy kids movie somewhere in here, but it’s buried under a pile of clichés and annoying musical numbers. Thumbs down.
CHRISTY: Yeah, thumbs down from me. If there’s anything more disturbing than computer animated chipmunks singing Lady Gaga “Bad Romance,” I don’t even want to know what it is. I mean little kids will think it’s fun. Right? It’s light and it’s poppy and it’s short whatever it’s colorful; really really little kids. Adults…
IGNATIY: I think the moment you learn to read is when you stop being able to enjoy this film.
CHRISTY: This is the over-under, yes, but, um, yes, adults will cringe. There is a really hackneyed Sarah Palin joke in here. The Charlie Sheen joke is horrible. Um, there is a “Cast Away” joke that they beat to death.
IGNATIY: Oh the…
CHRISTY: Oh my gosh it’s so painful and…and why? Big name stars are in this. Big name stars voice the chipmunks. I’m baffled by this.