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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Reviews

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January 5, 2017
wow! Chipmunks vs Chippets
December 31, 2016
It's not a good movie to watch
½ December 23, 2016
Among the worst films I have ever had the displeasure of watching. I actively discourage people to leave this appalling, sickly sweet excuse for a film on the shelves.
December 20, 2016
Il solito trick e track per mandare avanti il franchiasing di una mini superstar
½ November 30, 2016
Cute characters, horrible/cheesy story
½ November 8, 2016
This is probably, the WORST chipmunks movie ever.
½ November 6, 2016
An unnecessary, irritating sequel that's only half as entertaining as its otherwise lackluster predecessor.
October 4, 2016
Hollywood sucks now.
September 28, 2016
½ September 17, 2016
Now we have six CGI chipmunks, and yet somehow it is still as dull as the previous movie about three CGI chipmunks.
September 1, 2016
New characters look boring.
½ July 17, 2016
They had to make a shitty sequel to a shitty original like come on
June 30, 2016
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is hilarious and great. This makes a great family movie. This movie is better than the original. I would very much suggest this movie.
May 15, 2016
Suffers from the exact same problems as its predecessor. Only this time, with more annoying Chipmunks added in. Kids only...
Resonant Line: "Ian: What part of "singing female chipmunks" don't these people understand?"
April 21, 2016
Christmas time IS near
March 27, 2016
could've been better
March 21, 2016
62% - A nice improvement over the first one. The reason why it gets slightly better is because there are many more adventures and scenarios where Alvin and his friends got into, which makes this Squeakquel more fun than the prequel.
½ February 28, 2016
Drawing near to the pointy, frayed nerved end of these particularly scorching summer school holidays, parents begin the search for anything to entertain and cool down their bored wards.

Providing this single elusive moment of quiet relief is the local fully air-conditioned cinema. With a seemingly endless stream of children's entertainment the only need greater than the parents to entertain children is Hollywood studio's insatiable passion to regurgitate old themes in vain attempts to satisfy both parents and children alike.

Ravishing the treasured childhood archives of Generation X and Y this year alone we have re-imagings of Transformers, Fame, Footloose, Where the wild things are, Nightmare on Elm Street, the list just keeps going. Safe to say, however, hands down, this has to be the worst and if it wasn't bad enough to breathe CGI life into a trio of singing rodents once, they have added insult to injury and do it twice and made it a sextet.

For most readers an intro into the concept of the chipmunks is not required, but for those of you doing slightly more interesting things than watching Saturday morning cartons between 1985 and 1989, the chipmunks consist of three preteen squirrel-like rodent brothers who become international singing sensations and torment their adoptive human father Dave on a regular basis.

The story for this chapter ; After a chipmunk-induced accident leaves Dave (Jason Lee) in traction, chipmunks Alvin (the brash one), Simon (the brainy one) and Theodore (the chubby one) are placed in the unwilling care of a half witted twenty-something family screw-up Toby (Zachary Levi).

Forced to return to school (surprisingly, high school) the boys reluctantly put aside there musical superstardom, until amazingly enough, the new principle Dr. Rubin (wonderfully played by Wendie Malick) recognises the boys, and quickly bribes them with the task of saving the school's suffering music program by winning a local Battle-of-the-Bands competition.

With the grand prize being $25,000 (the exact amount needed), news circulates reaching their ridiculously destitute scheming ex-agent and nemesis from the first film, Ian Hawke (David Cross). Determined to exact revenge on the chipmunks, Ian enrols a rival girl-rodent trio of counterparts known as The Chipettes - Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette into the same school, pitting the groups against eachother.

Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off. Will the boys learn their lessons about family and friends and figure out that there is more to life than playing Wii and performing at the Staples Centre?

The slapstick middle-brow mayhem is well animated for the majority but distinctly goofy. The always charmingly mediocre concept of whiny, serenading rodents found its place on the 80's small screen and that is where the fuzzy pawed heroes should have remained.

Battering viewers with good morals like; beating someone is not the same as winning, self-absorption cause's pain and family comes first, the dramatic contrast to the overly sexualised female Chipettes and overt product placements is a complete turn off.

Not content with just patronising children, the film becomes simply unbearable for parents when the stereotyped, helium voiced, trash-talking fur-balls rattle off a barrage of rip-off quotes from highly inappropriate adult films like Silence of the lambs and Taxi driver.

A prerequisite for those over the age of 12, earplugs should be sold at the door and warnings should be plastered across the trailers regarding hearing loss and headaches. Still unclear to me is how its 2007 predecessor "Alvin" cleared a cool $217 million at the US box office alone, a sheer mystery.

The surprising array of stars is a definite plus but their talents were dreadfully unrealised. Jason Lee obviously only appeared for one day of shooting due to contractual obligation and was quickly replaced on-screen by comedian Zachary Levi. Levi delivers a plausible but connection-lacking performance as the likeable Toby character.

The chipmunks voiced by Justin Long, Jesse McCartney and Matthew Gray Gubler and the Chipettes voiced by comedians Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler and Anna Faris were unrecognisable under the computer augmentation. Why pay the money for decent actors if you can't tell it's them?

The Verdict: Falling far short of filling children's insatiable appetite for talking animals, this careless low-budget enterprise trades in weak reiterations of subplots past. The Squeakquel is as entertaining as your standard breakfast cereal commercial and is as easily forgettable.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 15/01/2010
February 15, 2016
It's funny, painless, cute, & amusing.
February 9, 2016
To enjoy this, you must be a child. There is nothing of value in this movie for older people. A few scenes might put a smile on your face but any charm the first one had is gone in this one. I'm sure kids would enjoy it, but anyone older, I'm doubtful.
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