Runaway Rodents

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is when I was officially done. My brother was still dedicated, but I just couldn’t drag myself to the theater. Its title is The Road Chip, this franchise is where puns go to die. Although I do feel like a tiny modicum of effort was put into it. The rating is back to PG and it no longer feels or looks short enough to be pawned off as a direct-to-video film.

The CGI on the Chipmunks and Chipettes are extra polished and the scale at least warrants a theatrical release. Along with a larger cast that includes many out of nowhere celebrity cameos. Jason Lee is back and just as bland as ever. This time Dave is dating a doctor with a punk son that Alvin, Simon, and Theodore can’t stand. You know where this is going. The Chipmunks are put on a no fly list and end up on a road chip with the son to stop the proposal. Singing the most obnoxious modern pop and farting all the way. Since David Cross dodged a bullet, an overacting air marshall chases after them for contrived reasons.

Speaking of contrived, the whole ring plot was just one big misunderstanding. Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor are completely left out to focus on the Chipmunks exclusively. They’re off hosting American Idol and only come back to sing at the end. It seems insignificant, but Kaley Cuoco is a lousy replacement voice for Eleanor. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip ends with an adoption, the final “ALVINNN!!!,” and my sanity left at the door.

4. Alvin and the Chipmunks Road Chip

Alvin and the Chipmunks on the road

Preceded by: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

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