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Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

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The Pitch: More life lessons and trashy pop, Chipmunk style.

The Review: The original Alvin and the Chipmunks movie (and yes, I have seen them both at the cinema) was a reasonable kids’ movie, with just enough smarts and self-awareness to get by on its not inconsiderable charm.

Sadly, this isn’t quite as polished – Jason Lee, who made a likeable Dave in the first movie, is here sidelined in favour of Zachary Levi, who is himself very amenable as TV’s Chuck, but here has little to do except look mildly ashamed most of the time.

The Chipmunks are still true to their own characters – this time we get three girl Chipmunks as well, all inexplicably voiced by known actresses. (Try and guess who without looking at the credits.) Ultimately, there is little here to justify a second trip to the tree for these furry critters. Pray that there won’t be another squeakuel.

Why see it at the cinema: You can really see the fine details of the fur on the big screen. Yep, that’s about all I’ve got on this one.

The Score: 4/10