During a cruise vacation, Dave (Jason Lee) and his mischievous young charges quickly find themselves overboard and stranded on a not-quite-deserted island.
There's really nothing new about the Chipmunks' latest adventure, and that will come as good news to the millions of viewers who look forward to their signature music and mayhem. The message about the importance of working together shines through, as usual, as does Dave's demonstration that a parent's love is unconditional. Fans will be glad to know they can keep counting on each "Alvin" sequel to be a chip off the old block.
This movie is intended for older children.
Three- and four-year-olds may find the action too chaotic but 5-year-olds will appreciate all the antics. They'll think it's funny when Alvin takes over the captain's microphone and announces that the adults-only deck is now open to kids, and they'll love watching the Chipettes' dance numbers.
Kids will be fascinated to see Alvin and Britney suddenly becoming the responsible ones, and they'll agree with Simon, who advises Dave, "Sometimes kids will rise to the occasion if you just show them a little trust." They'll also enjoy watching Simon be transformed into the fearless, adventure-seeking Simon.
Many tweens will have outgrown the Chipmunks but may still get a kick out of watching them perform songs by Pink, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. They'll especially find it funny when the Chipettes sing their own version of Willow Smith's hit, changing the lyrics to "I Whip My Tail Back and Forth!" Tweens may also understand the reference to "Castaway" and laugh at the sight of all the washed-up balls with faces drawn on them!