Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore meet their musical match after returning to school and entering into a battle of the bands competition in hopes of saving the school’s troubled music program. Sent to live with Dave Seville’s younger nephew Toby (Zachary Levi), the three lovable marmots decide that getting an education is more important than belting out pop tunes. But the school’s music program is about to go belly up, and the only way to save it is to win the 25,000-dollar prize in the upcoming battle of the bands. Though the Chipmunks are confident they have the songwriting skills to steamroll the competition, a newly formed singing trio dubbed the Chippettes promises to give them some stiff competition on-stage. Brittany, Eleanor, and Jeanette are indeed the real deal, and the closer the competition gets, the more Alvin, Simon, and Theodore realize that in order to win, they’ll have to give it everything they’ve got.
This movie is a very entertaining and nice follow-up to its predecessor. And this time we have female chipmunks called Chippettes. They are a talented group too and as Alvin is the front man for the Chipmunks, Brittany is the front “woman” for the Chippettes.
Ian Hawke (David Cross) is back and although he has lost everything, he has a dream of restoring his wealth and getting revenge against Alvin and the Chipmunks because he blames them for his fall from his wealthy perch in the entertainment business. When he spots the Chippettes, he believes he has found his pawn to checkmate Alvin and his brothers.
The kids I screened this movie with laughed heartily on several occasions. They were obviously having a fun time watching Alvin do a victory dance and they loved it when Theodore, who was sleeping next to a character named Toby, fought his way out from under the covers when Toby let go with some flatulence. Not to worry, this is the only flatulence joke in the entire film.
The Chipmunks cope with a lot of problems in the film, including brothers Simon and Theodore dealing with Alvin’s inflated ego when he makes the football team and catches a winning pass at game’s end. Some pretty good themes are featured in this movie including depending on family, forgiveness, and taking a chance, despite fear, on someone you care about.
You won’t be able to view this movie without laughing or smiling on several occasions! We are pleased to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages and we award five Doves to the movie, our highest rating.