Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Boys Vs. Girls
It's the world's very first Squeakquel!
Alvin and the Chipmunks are back and this time they brought their girlfriends, The Chippettes, with them. Based off the classic cartoon characters, this film pretty much takes place after the first movie, where Alvin and the Chipmunks are living it up as rock and roll stars. Unfortunately, when Dave (Jason Lee), their legal guardian, gets injured and forced to stay in the hospital for a while, he has their Aunt Jackie (Kathryn Joosten) watch over them for a while. However, when she gets hurt too, the Chipmunks are left in the unsure care of video game nerdish cousin, Toby (Zachary Levi). Oh and Dave conveniently wants his boys to start going to school too. Needless to say, a bunch of would be stupid stereo typical jocks grow jealous of the Chipmunks appeal to the girls at their school, so they try to do whatever they can to "knock them down to size" as they put it. Then of course, Alvin's new popularity status goes to his head when he joins the football team. Causing rifts between him and his brothers, when they try to prepare for their musical number for a concert to save the school's music department. To make matters even more interesting, Ian (David Cross), whom the Chipmunks humiliated in the last movie, shows up to reign terror on the Chipmunks lives as he discovers a new talented bunch of Chipmunks to over throw them called the Chippettes.
Before I get started with the review, I would like to clarify what a squeakquel is for those wondering. Squeakquel is nothing more than a marketing ploy for the term sequel, so the word has essentially no meaning. Just a cute and funny way of saying sequel.
As for the film, I won't go into too much detail about it since there's really not much you can expect from a movie based off a kid's show with talking Chipmunks. The story is riddled with cliches galore and extremely predictable to boot. In fact, you would essentially have to be a complete imbecile not to tell what was going to happen in this movie.
Kids will probably enjoy this film more than adults will as it offers simplistic humor and a easy to follow plot structure. Plus, as my sister in law put it, "those chipmunks are awfully cute", doesn't hurt either for the kiddies.
However, if your rational adult that craves more, then you're going to detest this film as much as me. In fact, don't even bother seeing this film if you don't have kids that want to see it, as you'll feel dumber for watching it. I would recommend other films such as "Princess and the Frog", "Up", and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" as better family films that both kids and adults would both openly like together, before I would ever suggest "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."
Oh and I guess I should give a shot out to the CGI on this one as the fur, on the chipmunks seemed real, and resemblance to the cartoon is good.
Overall, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" is another over hyped kids film since "Planet 51." However, at least "Planet 51" showed some promise with its genius methods of referencing fifties style alien films, but this one just plain sucks. Avoid this film at all costs unless you have kids begging to see it.