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Family Movie Review: Get “Chipwrecked” with Alvin & Friends

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The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. If you're looking for a fun family movie to check out this holiday season, one film you may want to check out that has recently danced its way into theatres is "Chipwrecked."

Everyone's favorite talking and singing chipmunks are back and Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and The Chipettes (Brittany, Eleanor, and Jeanette) are together again with their latest adventure set aboard a luxury cruise liner that gets turned into their personal playground.

During their hijinks, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise where they discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. Dave (Jason Lee), their adopted dad and a mildly evil former record producer, head in after them and the gang tackles the tropical paradise to get out together.

We hit the theater for this movie this afternoon and it was pretty cute. Some of the pop culture references in this flick meant towards the grown-ups aren't quite as funny as I think their writers hoped, although the crazy island castaway and her collection of "friends" are mildly entertaining with a cute nod to Tom Hanks' deserted island flick.

As an adult, the film is mildly entertaining but the kids in the audience, mine included, really liked it. The animation and live action combination is well done. Jason Lee responds well to his imaginary, animated animal family. As a step-mom, I like the message in the film that you don't have to be blood relatives to be family. The Chipmunks and Chipettes do have celebrity voices, but you would never know it due to the "chipmunkization."

Chipwrecked is rated "G" and is suitable for all ages. The animation and musical numbers will help keep the attention of most kids. However, for toddlers and younger, it never hurts to have some extra snacks as bribes during the slow sections. Tweens and teens are probably going to be bored with this one. Be sure to stick around well into the credits until after the airplane scene.

There is also a cute video game that goes along with this flick for Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and Wii™. You can check out my review of this game here.

Does your family like going to the movies? What is your family's all-time favorite movie?

Kim R. is a working mom of 2 and aunt to a whole posse more who covers family friendly deals, activties, entertainment and events Watch her site for regular reviews of movies, DVDs, and TV. She lives in rural Iowa, with her husband, son and daughter. You can also find her on Twitter @2kidsandacoupon.

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