Box art for Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks

children & family, comedy


When down-on-his luck musician Dave Seville (Jason Lee) discovers singing trio Alvin and the Chipmunks, he seizes the opportunity to put together his songwriting skills with the 'Munks unique talents.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    27%
  • Audience Score
    65%

common sense

ON for kids age 5
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

CGI critters are silly -- but very kid-friendly.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this movie is mostly OK for little kids, there's some innuendo and sassy language that children might mimic. Alvin in particular says mildly off-putting remarks like "You're hot" to Dave's date or "She wanted you" to Dave. There's also a fair amount of slapstick/cartoonish violence. But overall, it's a mild kids' flick -- albeit one that's mired in product placement and overcommercialism.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the media generally portrays young superstars. Do you think this movie is a realistic look at what life is like for kid stars? What kinds of pressures do they face? Do you think kids in showbiz get to do whatever they want when they aren't working -- like Ian suggested -- or are they kept to a more "normal" routine, like Dave wanted? Kids: Ask your parents if they prefer the movie Chipmunks or either of the older TV versions.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

1 star

Just what you'd expect by looking at the poster. A stupid film with bad jokes for kids who know no better.

- aquateen2, Friday, October 28, 2011

0 star

I understand that this is a kids movie, but its a shitty kids movie.

- Godless, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

2 stars

Cute & fun but nothing special about it

- arashxak, Thursday, September 18, 2008