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Movie review: Latest ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ hard to take

Theodore, Simon and Alvin return in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.”
Theodore, Simon and Alvin return in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Courtesy

The following is a public service announcement.


“Exposure to ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ may result in the dislocation of eyeballs in viewers over the age of 7 due to uncontrollable rolling of the eyes at the sight of the idiotic antics committed on screen. To avoid eye strain, which is to say, eye sprain, avoid this movie at all costs.

“To the parents of kids clamoring to see the picture, well, you have our sympathies.

“You have been warned.“

Yes, Alvin, Theodore and Simon, half-pint helium-voiced heroes of three past ’Munk movies are back for another cash grab.

Back with the usual frantic song-and-dance production numbers.

Back with even more frantic stunt sequences like … did you ever see “Snakes on a Plane”? Well the Chips got dogs, birds, a porcupine, a monkey and more running (and flying and scampering and chittering) amok on a jet.

Back with, of course, scenes of smacks in the crotch. And, lest we forget, chipmunk incontinence. It’s what they doo … doo. Such scenes are a series trademark. Kids love ’em.

The boys fear their daddy figure, Dave Seville (Jason Lee, looking more pained than usual; after four “Chipmunk” movies the strain is showing), is going to get married and that they’ll somehow get kicked to the curb. Alienation of affection and all that.

So they team up with the beyond-obnoxious teen-bully son (Josh Green) of Dave’s single-mom sweetie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) to try to thwart the romance. Somehow everyone winds up on the road to Miami. Much havoc is wreaked along the way. And much of it is wreaked on a psychotic air marshal played by Tony Hale in a manner that takes the term “overacting” to a whole ’nother level.

It all ends happily ever after. Which is to say that after six weeks in traction, those eyeballs should be good as new.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

out of 5

Cast: Jason Lee, Tony Hale and the voices of Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kaley Cuoco, Christina Applegate.

Director: Walt Becker.

Running time: 1:26.

Rated: PG, for some mild rude humor.