(Warning: Potential SPOILERS below. Continue at your own risk)
Alvin and the Chipmunks have been around for nearly 60 years, and have spent those six decades bringing a smile to faces all over the world. Back in 2009 the furry rodents broke back into the movie scene with Alvin and the Chipmunks, with sequels in 2009 and 2011. Each movie did worse than the previous one, so I was not hopeful when they announced a fourth film. However, within 20 minutes, it quickly became apparent that this was one of the best Alvin and the Chipmunks movies since the animated Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman. I had liked the 2007 film well enough, but the Squeakquel was anything but great, and Chipwreaked was honestly horrible. However, the Road Chip was genuinely funny, had a clever plot with some unforeseen twists, great music, heartwarming scenes, and some fantastic cameos by the funniest people in Hollywood.
The one problem that Alvin and the Chipmunks have to overcome is coming out in theaters the same day as Star Wars the Force Awakens. It's estimated that Episode VII is not only going to be the highest grossing movie of the year, but the highest grossing movie ever. Now, this might not be a huge problem for the Chipmunks, as they favor a different demographic and many families will go the theater on Friday to find out that the Star Wars is sold out, and in that case I would urge them to go see Alvin and the Chipmunks instead. Below are 4 reasons Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is perfect for everyone in your family!
1) The Comedy
Clearly, any movie that features talking animals is most likely going to be great for the kids. The Road Trip is no exception, many of the jokes are aimed at the children, and the adults in the audience might find he jokes a little lacking. However, there is also plenty of enjoyment for the adults and teenagers out there, with lots of references to older movies such as The Shining and Terminator. When I saw the movie, the theater was packed with dozens of children and their parents, and the kids were consistently laughing, but you could hear plenty of laughter from adults as well. Some of the greatest moments were fitting for children, but also had a hidden level that was great for the adults as well!
2) The Music
Many of the children in the audience would probably be surprised that the Chipmunks were successful musicians in real life, but the movie does their music career justice. Most of the songs are current pop hits, including a great rendition of Uptown Funk. The teens in the audience would definitely know the words to every single songs, and plenty of people will catch themselves singing along!
3) Cameos and Actors
Clearly there were some big names in the movie, with Jason Lee reprising his role as Dave, Jesse McCartney providing his voice for Theodore, Matthew Gray Gubler voicing Simon, Justin Long voicing Alvin, Kaley Cuoco gave her voice to Eleanor, and Anna Faris voiced Jeanette. Some standout actors included Tony Hale playing the main antagonist Air Marshall Benson and a surprising appearance by Retta (of Parks and Rec fame) playing the party planner (who is not credited on IMDb). Children in the audience are sure to recognize some Disney channel stars Bella Thorne and Laura Marano.
4) The Story
Any movie wouldn't be complete without a great plot! The story was wrought with trouble for our favorite woodland creatures, and included some hilarious flashbacks for our antagonist. There were also some surprising plot twists as the Chipmunks traveled across the country to get to Miami. There were great heartwarming moments that would bring a smile to anyone's face.
In all, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Trip is a great choice to take your family to. I would also suggest it if you have little kids or just enjoy seeing a family friendly comedy movie. Some of the moments in the movie fell a bit flat to older audiences, but there were plenty of comedy moments to make up for that fact.