Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked review

Mike Mitchell
Jason Lee
David Cross
Jenny Slate
Rated: G

This movie really started to chip away at my brain after a while. Sorry, that was worse then the title.

The third installment in the epic trilogy of chipmunk films is about the six rodents taking a vacation on a Carnival Cruise (Which is HEAVILY advertised by the way) and it going horribly wrong. Alvin, being the little jerk that he is decides that he wants to go hang-gliding and drags all of his brothers and the chipettes off the ship and out into the ocean where they become shipwrecked on an island. Except in this case they become chipwrecked since they’re chipmunks, so funny right?

The rest of the film is them exploring the island and meeting up with a crazed woman named Zoe (Slate) who talks to balls that she’s drawn faces onto, darn the references were only 11 years too late. During this time, Simon gets hit on the head and causes him to become a different, braver personality, which in turn causes Alvin to become the responsible one, what a twist. Meanwhile the film also follows Ian (Cross) and Dave (Lee) who are searching for the missing animals.

“Chipwrecked” is a bad movie and the storyline is awful. However, at the very least it’s bearable, there are certainly some worse kids movies out there. It’s one that will just make you sigh and say ‘here we go again.’ It’s predictable and has out-of-date or bad references yet the plot is enough to keep the kiddies entertained for a while.

The acting in the film can probably be considered the some of the worst of the year. All of the actors seemed to just be there to collect their pay check and be on their way. It was almost surprising how bad the actress playing Zoe, Jenny Slate was. The one spot of the movie that was okay was David Cross who played the one character who realizes how much of a disaster the chipmunks can make.

There isn’t much more to say about Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, it’s same stuff different day. It’s just a push by the studios to get a few more bucks during the Christmas season for the kids who aren’t old enough to see “The Adventures of Tintin yet.”

That being said, I didn’t really hate it, however it was still awful. Alvin narrowly escapes a 1 and comes in at a super low 2 out of 5.


Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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