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Movie Review: Alvin & the Chipmunks

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Despite the abysmal trailer that makes the movie look like a blatant exploitation of my childhood cartoons, I actually voluntarily went to see the movie Alvin & The Chipmunks... and I was actually impressed. Without trying to damn the movie with faint praise, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be - and, in fact, it was quite humorous and enjoyable throughout. I laughed, I cried, I didn't have regrets.

The movie is centered around three childish talking chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, and Theodore) and their adoption of a human parent-type, songwriter Dave Seville. If you can get past that, the movie is both cute, child-friendly (and child-appropriate), and funny. Really funny. While the trailers (and posters) show them as hoodie-wearing pop-music producing abominations, the chipmunks (as they appear in the actual film) are still genuine, generally sweet, and only wear ridiculous costumes when manipulated by evil-music-producer-guy.

Also, Jason Lee does a great job. I've enjoyed watching him since Mallrats, and he's really good at bringing a touch of humanity to his roles. He's not an overstated character; he's just plays a guy who happens to more or less adopts a couple of talking chipmunks. What's wrong with that?

In any event, the movie is fun and highly enjoyable for the whole family. See it as a matinee or rent it if you have a chance.

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