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
Educational value: This is not an educational movie -- it's strictly for entertainment purposes.
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.
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 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).
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: Occasional use of insulting comments like "no you didn't!" or "little rodent" or "fat" and "pain in the ..."
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.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue
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Alvin and the Chipmunks by sueannsullivan
This was a great movie. I took my 5 year old niece, but I enjoyed it as well. It reminded me of when I was a child and loved the chipmunks. Some of the humor I don't think she got because it referenced other adult movies. It was funny and fun to watch. Great for any age
Yeah the Chipmunks do it again for a fun island adventure by boyzrule777
I took my boys ages 9, 11 and 13 and it was a fun family event before Christmas. We love the Chipmunks and the Chipettes. I hear my boys walking around the house saying one word that was used in the movie. PRECIOUS. That is my word for the movie as well.
good by gymnast4life
Good movie. Could have been better but it was interesting!
Sweet little Chipmucks Alvin and his gang by braswellb
I have always loved Alvin & the Chipmucks since I was a child, I'm now 51. My husband and I went to see Alvin & the Chipmunks Shipwrecked and we were the only couple there without children. We loved it, and so did others in theather no one made a peep. Another reason we wanted to see the movie was because of the Carnival Dream Ship. We were on the Carnival Dream Oct. 2010, and yes it was the Dream in the movie. I also bought tickets for my Grandchildren that live in another state to go see the move ages 3-15. They loved it as well. I would tell anyone it's a must GO SEE MOVIE. Well done and 100 stars to Alvin and the Chipmunks Shipwrecked!!
interesting by kevysoul
good threequel, but a lot of adult pop culture references. Mgood threequel, but a lot of adult pop culture references. M
alvin chipmunks by cothic
the sahow was great. my grandson was happy with the moive. I will go see it again.
Loved it! by karenabercrombie
I am a Grandmother of two adorable kids (of course!), aged six and one. My daughter and I took them to see this movie on opening day and we all enjoyed it, even my one year old grandson. Humor for both adults and children sprinkled throughout the movie. I recommend it for any age! Cute, cute movie.
Good for kids by cicycarda
I took my 5 year old son to this movie. He liked it quite a bit. I thought it was ok for a kids movie. I wasn't dreading sitting there watching it with him.
Kids liked it by parsoncreative
Chipwrecked was a decent movie. I took four kids to see it and they enjoyed it. I was a bit bored, but it was for them and they had fun so that's what matters.
Surprisingly funny..HOWEVER by cooldadmark
Ok, a kids movie that I as an adult actually laughed most of the way through.
On a PARENTAL side note..there was a reference to Snoop Dog (yes the rapper) lighting up a joint, I thought this was an unnecessesary drug reference.
Secondly, the entire last 2/3 of the movie spoofs the Tom Hanks film Castaway.. with tons of references to that movie, ..does FOX really think children will understand those references? I laughed becuase I know the movie Castaway, ...however my 4 year old could not understant what was funny about all of those many references in the film.
Funny how they also use music from the 1980's (GoGo's Vacation song) over and over as if it was just cheaper to pay to use those old songs from that era than to use music kids would have more reference to from their generation.
The Ian character making two refences to the fact that he was naked inside of his duck costume was unnecessary, isn't this a kids movie after all?
This is for kids aged 10+ in my opinion. Caution