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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Justin Long
Jason Lee
Zachary Levi.
Directors
Betty Thomas.
Screenwriters
Jon Vitti
Jonathan Aibel .
Running Time
88 minutes

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Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakwel
They're back and they're squeakier than ever...


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Plot
Alvin and his band are stars but also need to concentrate on school and then find themselves in a school battle of the bands. Their main rivals turn out to be the Chipettes, (Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette) and that's where things start to get really interesting...


Review
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakwel
The CGI singing rodents return in this disposable kidflick. Jason Lee gets crippled early, and mostly sits out the film, entrusting his chipmunk pals to cousin Zachary Levi who sends them to school, where Alvin (Justin Long) becomes a jock and turns his tail on his meeker siblings.

Meanwhile, the band’s evil ex-manager promotes rivals The Chipettes (voiced by Amy Poehler, Christina Applegate and Anna Faris), who are no more computer-augmented than many other girl groups. Alvin must be the most unsympathetic lead in any kiddie franchise, and having him do squeaked-up De Niro impersonations doesn’t help.


Verdict
Alvin does high school rom-com and very poorly at that.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Review

This Squeakquel may entertain the kiddies, but it's low on energy and heavily reliant on slapstick humor. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 13:40, 19 December 2011 | Report This Post


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i didn't even bother watching this film, i've read and seen enough to put me off alvin and the chipmunks for life, i agree with empire's verdict, as soon as i saw that they had female chipmunks i almost cried i was that horrified, needless to say this film scrapes by with the bare minimum, damn you betty thomas get a grip ... More

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Why are all of Kim Newman's reviews 1 paragraph long these days? Does he just review the trailers or something? Or does he get paid per paragraph? ... More

Posted by UTB at 00:06, 25 December 2009 | Report This Post


This is a poor film but its been reviewed as if its an adults film. I saw it with my two kids aged 3 and 6 and they loved it. They loved Planet 51 as well and found both of these films much more enjoyable than the more cerebral stuff in Pixar films (like Wall E and Up). I think sometimes these reviews of children's films forget one important issue.. will the kids like it? ... More

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Posted by RAJEEVSHETTY at 19:36, 24 December 2009 | Report This Post


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Squeakwel? Squeakquel, I believe! ... More

Posted by homersimpson_esq at 01:28, 22 December 2009 | Report This Post


Well done Kim. We all knew it would be crap, but I salute you for taking the bullet, and confirming this. ... More

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