Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip

 

Twentieth Century Fox

 

Rating: PG

 

Reason for the Rating: Some mild rude humor.

 

Plot Summary: Alvin and his brothers go on an adventure, as they try to stop Dave from proposing to his girlfriend.

 

PopFam Recommends: While this movie won't satisfy the adult in you, it might be what you need to see life from your child's point of view.

 

If you haven’t seen a Chipmunk movie before, be forewarned: this is a movie that must be seen from a child’s point of view. Hence, it’s best seen with a child. Otherwise you might not laugh at the farting jokes, burping jokes, and all the other antics pulled by Alvin, Theodore, and Simon.

 

The chipmunks have fairly settled into their lives with Dave (Jason Lee), and are taking a break from performing so they can have a “normal childhood.” Dave has stopped songwriting, and begun producing records in an effort to be home more and give the Chipmunks attention. His attention is somewhat divided though, as he has also recently started dating Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), a heart surgeon and single mother to Miles (Josh Green), who easily puts on a sweet front for the parents, but is mean and surly towards the Chipmunks. He seems to take great pleasure torturing the three chipmunk brothers in any way he can.

 

When Alvin (voice of Justin Long) discovers Dave has brought home an engagement ring and invited Samantha on a trip to Miami, he, Simon (voice of Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (voice of Jesse McCartney) decide they must do something, or forever be stuck with torturous Miles as a “brother.” Not being brothers is the one thing all four can agree upon, and so they set out for Miami to work their magic and break up a happy relationship.

 

While the Chipmunks are afraid of Miles due to his dislike of them, it seems Miles’s trouble with Dave and his “kids” has more to do with a different sort of fear. He first indicates that his father died when he was a baby, but then admits his father actually left when he was five, and has since felt rejected by other men in his mother’s life. His basic feeling is, “Who needs a dad? They aren’t necessary for happiness, and only end up leaving anyway.” Ouch!

 

This road”chip” though, bonds these four children in a way they never expected. Dodging Air Marshall Suggs (Tony Hale), street performing to raise bus money, and marching in a Mardi Gras parade surprisingly links their hearts into an unexpected friendship. Upon reaching Miami they realize they want to be brothers.

 

As I said before, this is definitely a kid movie and is full of kid kinds of slapstick humor and bodily function jokes. There isn’t much to be offended by, other than more yelling of “ALVIN!!!” and adults being made to look stupid. But, right or wrong, that’s pretty standard for kid movies and tv shows these days. The story is interesting enough for an adult to sit through and a child to enjoy, the acting is decent, and the music will get your toes tapping. Not a bad way to spend an hour & a half with the young ones in your life.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• List 3 things you are thankful for about your dad, or another adult male in your life.

 

• What important lesson did Miles learn about dads and families?

 

• The Bible says to “Honor your father and mother.” What does this mean, and how might understanding this change the Chipmunk’s behavior?

 

--JW

 

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