Alvin and the Chipmunks

  • U
  • Tim Hill (2007)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Alvin, Simon and Theodore are three squeaky-voiced critters who were first radio and recording stars 50 years ago. There seems little point, however, in resurrecting them here as computer-generated cuties. In this mostly live-action tale, Alvin and his chums become global singing sensations when the treeless trio are given a home by songwriter Jason Lee, who is amazed to discover their vocal talents. But they soon fall foul of an unscrupulous record label boss (David Cross). There is plenty of lowbrow slapstick, most of it targeting the hapless Lee, who definitely needs a better agent. Yet the chipmunks themselves are undeniably entertaining in their sweeter moments. This will provide an adequate distraction for the less discerning under-sixes, but the more discerning will quite rightly be watching SpongeBob SquarePants instead.

Plot Summary

Part-animated adventure starring Jason Lee as a struggling Los Angeles songwriter whose fortunes change when he accidentally brings home a trio of singing chipmunks called Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Together they achieve worldwide success, but it's not long before they discover that the music industry has a shady side.

Cast and crew


Dave Seville
Jason Lee
Ian Hawk
David Cross
Cameron Richardson
Justin Long
Matthew Gray Gubler
Jesse McCartney


Tim Hill

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Dec 2007
Certificate U
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.

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