Movie Review: It’s more than a sequel It’s a Squeakquel cash grab

alvin_and_the_chipmunks_the_squeakquelI anticipate this ends badly…and it does. This is what happens when children are looked at by Hollywood as nothing more than walking dollar signs that easily pull cash from their parents wallets. A movie with references to films that the only crowd that has any interest in this film will completely miss, Taxi Driver?!? Really? I am sorry to say but short of a really cool parent that has maybe shown their 12 year old Taxi Driver, NO one will get the reference. Why was it even included? Not to mention I would think said cool parent and their in turn cool kid would have enough sense to steer clear of this kind of drivel.

The entire film is an embarrassment for any one involved in it. Specifically the likes of Jason Lee and David Cross. I couldn’t help but sit there wondering what they were doing in a film like this. I found myself cringing and shaking my head at the horrid dialog, checking my watch waiting for it all to end. At least this time around Jason Lee has the common sense to spend about 85% of the film out of sight. Still I ask, what happened to the Jason Lee that was great in Kevin Smith’s early works and Almost Famous? And David Cross? Sorry sir but your card to talk smack on Dane Cook has been revoked and you just lost some credibility. This is far more irrelevant than any of Mr. Cook’s throw away rom-coms. I understand we all have to eat but what drugs were you on when you agreed to do this film or were you that hard up for a hit?

Further, since it is obvious that this film is such a cash grab why bother with some of the names they lured into doing the voices for the Chipmunks? Justin Long, one time teen heart throb Jesse McCartney, and Matthew Gray Gubler round out the boys. While Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, and Christina Applegate fill in for the Chipettes. I don’t get why they bother bringing these actors on board for a project like this when they just tweak all their lines into the chipmunk pipsqueak voices.

Screen shot 2009-12-19 at 2.34.18 PMI am not even going to bother with a plot summary on this one. It’s as inane and predictable as the trailer leads on and you can pretty much figure out the film with out seeing it. This is the type of stuff that is a complete waste of celluloid and can’t be erased from my memory quickly enough. Do yourself and your family a favor by seeking out some of the vastly superior fare in theaters or on DVD this holiday season. The only way to prevent junk like this from being made is to vote with your wallet.

I give Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 0 “zero is a number” out of 5

by John Coovert

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