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Alvin and the Chipmunks

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  Alvin and the Chipmunks Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
3.63 /10
Jason Lee , David Cross, Cameron Richardson

Directed by: Tom Hill
Written by: Chris Viscari, Will McRobb and Jon Vitti, from Vitti’s story

Released: 2007
Origin: US
Length: 92

Send for the singing vermin exterminator. Aimed at very, very small children with absolutely no taste, this is the kind of movie that should be approached by adults with extreme caution, and a fully functional pair of ear-plugs. The ear-splitting antics of three singing chipmunks gave rise in the 1950s to the astonishingly annoying hit The Chipmunk Song, and it’s hard to sit through this mixture of live action and animation without feeling that this is one piece of pop cultural history that might reasonably have been allowed to rest in peace.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Jason Lee (pictured right) adopts a panic-stricken smile and shouts a lot as a songwriter who becomes the chipmunks’ father figure. He has a frightened look, as though fearful of the effect this is going to have on his career. He is wise to be worried.

The chipmunks have zero charm, and their high-pitched vocal renditions of such dubious greats as Funkytown and Witch-Doctor are execrable. The attempts to lampoon the music industry for being money-grubbing and exploitative will go over the heads of small children, and should strike any adults unfortunate enough to be watching this flagrant attempt to fleece junior moviegoers as wildly hypocritical.

You will get some idea of the lowness of the humour if I tell you that one of the chipmunks eats his brother’s faeces.

In The UK, this 20th Century Fox Film (proprietor: Rupert Murdoch) received rave reviews from just two newspapers: the News of the World (proprietor: Rupert Murdoch) and the Sun (proprietor: Rupert Murdoch) . Quite a coincidence.

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