Rating: 2 stars out of 5
The Story: Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned on a tropical island. But they discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
The Buzz: Little unless you include the sound from the Chipmunks voices.
The Stars:Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, David Cross, Jason Lee,Jesse McCartney, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler
inSing.com says: So there’s already a third movie for the Alvin franchise already? Well it might only be exciting news if you’re under ten, as children appear to be best able to tolerate the high pitched squeaks of the Chipmunks.
Once a fixture on television, parents now have to bring their kids to watch the Chipmunks in cinemas and pay for overpriced popcorn in the process.
And to add insult to injury, it’s not just the Chipmunks that are in this sequel; coming along for the cruise are the Chipettes, the female version of the squeaky creatures. Dave, their surely deaf owner, has to handle the hyperactive bunch.
Naturally, it’s Alvin that gets into the most trouble and maroons the Chipmunks and Chipettes on an island, while Dave and semi-bad guy Ian (Cross) go to rescue the chipmunks, instead of doing the smart thing and leaving them there. The Chipmunks each have little character flaws they have to overcome, and so does Dave and Ian.
There’s surprisingly few musical numbers, which one should be thankful for. Adults will probably find the proceedings ponderous, and even if the film tries to make reference to the TV series “Lost” and the film “Cast Away” to up the hip factor, thankfully it’s a short cruise that’s over in about an hour and a half and one’s ears are safe until next year, when yet another sequel will undoubtedly arrive.