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Alvin and the Chipmunks

By Josh Shirlen


Release Date: December 14th, 2007

MPAA RATING: Rated PG for some mild rude humor
Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross

Recommended Age: All ages

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green





No sexual activity, mild sexual innuendo


Mild violence when the Chipmunks attempt to avoid being captured by Ian and his security guards


Mild language included “loser,” “stupid,” and “sucks.”


Mild potty humor (passing gas), general rambunctious behavior


The beloved animated brothers Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, finally grace the big screen nearly fifty years after Ross Bagdasarian Sr. created them. Staying true to their original characters, the computer generated Chipmunks take the world by storm with their musical talent in this family friendly flick that highlights the value of togetherness over vanity.


The story starts from the very beginning when the three chipmunks leave the forest and by chance find themselves at Dave Seville’s house.  Dave, a struggling songwriter, is frightened when he discovers three speaking chipmunks in his house, but when he learns of their ability to sing he welcomes them into his life. Dave is lenient with their rambunctious behavior because of their value to his music career.  Singing Dave’s songs, including the famous “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” the brothers rise to the status of national celebrities. Dave’s villainous friend and record executive Ian makes big plans for the Chipmunks against Dave’s wishes. A cliché miscommunication between Dave and the Chipmunks causes their “family” to divide and Dave must go on the search to rescue them from Ian’s plans to exploit them.


Caution Cones for Parents:

Alvin and the Chipmunks is a very clean and family friendly movie. However, a few language and sexual innuendo concerns have kept if from receiving our Seal of Approval. The words “loser,” “stupid,” and “sucks” are used several times as well as a taunt from one of the Chipmunks to “kiss my furry cheeks.”  In one scene Alvin screams “holy nuts” and in another he tells Dave that a girl “wanted him” (sexually is implied).  Finally, during a photoshoot a photographer says to the brothers “make love to the camera,” and “spank the booty.”


Aside from these issues Alvin and the Chipmunks is a cute and uplifting story about the importance and value of togetherness and family. The entire family can enjoy this film.

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