Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Movie Review

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" was a big surprise during the U.S. holidays. It was fighting back and forth with movies like "Avatar" for crying out loud! While we do not really judge from the get-go, we find it hard to believe that "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" will be good in any shape or form. In fact, total sales is not necessarily a good indicator of a film's quality. In any case, we watched the film. Read on to find out if "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel deserves your time and money.

When Dave (Jason Lee), the father figure of the Chipmunks, gets injured during a concert due to Alvin's antics, he decides to send the Chipmunks to his Aunt while he recuperates in the hospital. Dave also decides that the Chipmunks need to have a normal childhood and sends them to school. When Dave's Aunt also gets injured, the Chipmunks are left to the care of Toby (Zachary Levi). Alvin, Simon (Justin Long) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) struggle at school due to the jocks' bullying. The Chipmunks are sent to the principal's office when they find themselves entangled with the jocks. Instead of getting a suspension, the Chipmunks are tasked to save the school's music program by joining an inter-school music concert in which the winning school will win $25,000. Trouble brews when their former manager Ian (David Cross) discovers an all-female singing chipmunks group. He enlists them at the same school and battles them against the Chipmunks for the right to represent the school.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" is not as bad as it was supposed to be. It had its moments but does it really justify a sequel? The answer is more subjective really. If you are a kid, then maybe this movie is a fun and unforgettable film but if you are an adult then this is probably a mind-numbing ride to nowhere. To put it short, the plot was plot-less - anything goes in fact. And even with its jumbled up nature, most of its elements are cliche` moments from other movies of past. Worse, we just could not get the feeling that they tried to pull of a "High School Musical" feel to the film which is mostly a failure. So what's to love with "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"? Well, we laughed on some occasion and oddly, we really liked the high pitched rendition of popular songs from the past year. Some people may find that already worth the ticket price but for us, it isn't.

Rating: 1 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- if you are a kid at heart or just a kid right at this moment
- we liked the high pitched rendition of popular songs

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- adults and mature audience would see this as a pointless movie
- seems to be trying hard to pull off a "High School Musical" feel

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