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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Slouching towards maximum profits. Read full review

1.0

Grae Drake Profile

Call the exterminator. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    24

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Every bit as frantic, frenetic, groan-inducing and all around grating as its two predecessors.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Maybe for the next installment, they can go off to college and find something better to do than making these silly movies.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    Good news: The shrill CG rodents, who last infested theaters in 2009's Squeakquel, are stranded on a jungle island with little hope of survival. Bad news: They've brought us along.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Silly threequel is full of pop-culture references and jokes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this third installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie series is more of the same -- lots of pop culture references, physical comedy, and a few suggestive moments. There's nothing overly troublesome in Chip-Wrecked, but young kids might be frightened when the Chipmunks wind up on the deserted island, especially when its lone inhabitant turns on them and captures a Chipette. Two of the chip-characters engage in an overt flirtation and (tame) romance; Alvin also tries to hit on a woman who's gambling at a casino, and the Chipettes wear notably short outfits. The movie's ultimate message is one of family and friendship, but it's a bit buried underneath the sense that the whole thing is a commercial for Chipmunks merchandise.

  • Families can talk about how the relationship between Dave and the Chipmunks is depicted. How does Alvin learn about the consequences of his behavior?
  • Are the Chipettes too suggestive in their dances and song choices? Would it be different if the characters were human instead of chipmunks?
  • What does Simon learn about his personality after "waking up" from being the more adventurous, flirtatious "French" Simon?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: This is not an educational movie -- it's strictly for entertainment purposes.

  • message true1

    Messages: The movie's most crucial positive message is that family means unconditional love, something Alvin doubts when he realizes that he's disappointed Dave again.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Dave is a positive role model because he tirelessly tracks down the Chipmunks and saves them. The Chipmunks and Chipettes work together to find a way off the island.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: There's some mild peril and lots of slapstick. Theodore is frightened of a movie called Jungle Monster, which he shouldn't be watching. Young viewers might be upset when the chipmunks and then Dave and Ian are washed away toward the deserted island. A few precarious situations pose a danger to the characters, but no one is hurt (although a greedy island dweller captures Jeanette and forces her to locate hidden treasure).

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: There's a love interest between the Chipmunks and the Chipettes -- particularly Simon and Jeanette. Simon is poisoned and winds up acting like an accented lothario, which leads him to romance Jeanette, hug her, and kiss her hand -- as well as save her from imminent danger. The other chipmunks insist that Simon and Jeanette went on a "date." The Chipettes' routines feature some suggestive dance moves, and in one scene, they challenge a trio of human Jersey Shore-like caricatures and sing and dance provocatively. One song has lyrics like "I wave my tail back and forth," which the girls sing while wearing just a towel. Eleanor sews outfits that would be considered "sexy" on a human. Alvin also flirts with a woman gambling at the cruise casino.

  • language false0

    Language: Occasional use of insulting comments like "no you didn't!" or "little rodent" or "fat" and "pain in the ..."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: The Carnival brand plays a prominent role, since it's the cruise line the Chimpunks are on before they go overboard. Other brands mentioned or shown include Swiss Army, YouTube video references, and Apple. Off camera, the Chipmunks are featured on McDonald's Happy Meals and various toys, video games, and apparel.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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