Alvin and the Chipmunks. 2007.

I gave the kids a choice of 4 or 5 movies by watching previews on iTunes, and this is what they chose.  Riley seemed very interested in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” but it was an hour longer than this at almost 2.5 hours, and I said no to that!  :-)

Overall I was pretty happy with this for the kids.   They really enjoyed it, and there were only a couple of things that I thought were a bit over the top… I don’t know why, but it seems like every “kid” movie has to have aspects of crude humor and allusions to intimacy these days!  But beyond that, there were some really good life lessons.  The chipmumks are let loose and totally indulged by “Uncle Ian,” who does not have their best interest in mind at all.  Instead, he is only interested in exploiting them for the money they can bring him.  Whereas “Dave,” who is more of a surrogate father, in no way wants to exploit them but instead wants to set rules and limits to protect them.  I actually think Riley got this when we talked about it, which is good to see.

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