"Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip" Review

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is classic chipmunks with a bit of heart. Sure, it's sappy and somewhat unoriginal, but it has its moments. It’s certainly not for adult viewing alone, but it’s definitely a good choice for a movie with the kids this weekend! 

How does any Chipmunks episode, or movie start? With Alvin (Justin Long) doing something to pull everyone else into trouble and adventure. This time Alvin thinks Dave (Jason Lee) is going to propose to his new girlfriend (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) after seeing Dave put a ring in his bag before leaving for Miami on business. Of course, Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) are convinced they have to help Alvin stop Dave from proposing, especially since the marriage would mean that they would be step brothers with Miles (Josh Green). 

Miles is a bully, and he bullies the chipmunks behind Dave and his mother’s back. Since Miles grew up with out a father, he has a chip (no pun intended) on his shoulder and feels that he doesn’t need one in the form of Dave. With a mutual desire, the chipmunks and Miles come together long enough to take a road trip to Miami to thwart the proposal.

This is one of those children’s films that have the adults acting like children and children like adults. If you’re like me, and watch the tv show with your kids you’re quite accustomed to it. However, with an addition like Tony Hale (Arrested Development) playing Agent Suggs, the air marshal hot on the trail to get the chipmunks after an incident in the sky grounds them, that makes this imaginary world where chipmunks talk quite fun. With Hale, you get a genuine man-child performance that is pretty hilarious. Hale brings impressive physical comic relief to the film, making it fun for adults who may have enjoyed him as Buster in Arrested Development.

“Road Chip” certainly delivers on toe-tapping songs at every stop along the way. Whether in the French Quarters of New Orleans or a party in Miami, the chipmunks know how to have a good time. Your kids will certainly have fun and if you don’t go in expecting much, you just might too!

Rating: C

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.