Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)

Family 87 min. December 16, 2011
By Nick Schager
Alvin learns to grow up in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, but maturity remains an alien concept to this CG song-and-dance franchise, which in its third installment, flails about in search of a creative reason to exist. On a cruise-ship vacation, Alvin (Justin Long), brothers Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney), and their female doppelgangers, the Chipettes, become stranded on a deserted island, prompting not, alas, a to-the-death Lord of the Flies scenario but, instead, merely a perfunctory rescue mission from paternal owner Dave (Jason Lee) and bird-costumed former nemesis Ian (David Cross). In the wild, Alvin embraces responsibility, and Simon (transformed by a head-conk) becomes carefree and confident. Nonetheless, there's barely a narrative to speak of in director Mike Mitchell's slapstick-y adventure, which is mainly concerned with haphazard movie references (The Lord of the Rings, Castaway) and grating Chipmunk-ized renditions of hits by, among others, Willow Smith and Destiny's Child. Smushing together Katy Perry's "Firework" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in a tossed-off finale would be more egregious if it — like a fittingly lame nod to the "Double Rainbow" viral video — didn't perfectly epitomize Chipwrecked's unimaginative pandering to contemporary top 40 and pop-culture fads.
Mike Mitchell Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate Johnathan Aibel, Glenn Berger Ross Bagdasarian, Janice Karman 20th Century Fox

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