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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip review - good, harmless fun for the whole family

Aleesha Matharu | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

The Road Chip, the fourth edition in the Alvin and the Chipmunks feature-film franchise, should have taken a few more risks. Instead, it made the annoying mistake of playing everything safe.

The story centres around our furry heroes - Alvin, Simon and Theodore. The three cute chipmunks, soon into the movie, discover that their beloved surrogate manager and dad Dave (Jason Lee) is in love with Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley). But the worst part of this is that her teenage (very human) son Miles (Josh Green), is more than just a little bit of a dick.

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It soon becomes clear that Dave is planning to propose to Samantha while holidaying in Miami, they decide to put a stop to this madness.

So it's essentially a journey movie - on the way there's a bunch of obstacles, like the vengeful air marshal Agent Suggs (Arrested Development's Tony Hale) who gets hot on their trail after they inadvertently free some animals from the cargo hold of a plane.

Director Walt Becker (Old Dogs, Buying the Cow, Wild Hogs - quite the animal-themed filmography, isn't it), to his credit, does allow a few veteran comedic performers to join in one the fun - like Uzo Aduba and Jennifer Coolidge.

So tonnes of complications and mayhem, but it's just too tame - very been there, seen that.

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The verdict

It's all mostly harmless as far as these things go - lazy, sure, but harmless.

RATING: 3 out of 5

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First published: 17 January 2016, 2:52 IST
Aleesha Matharu @almatharu

Born in Bihar, raised in Delhi and schooled in Dehradun, Aleesha writes on a range of subjects and worked at The Indian Express before joining Catch as a sub-editor. When not at work you can find her glued to the TV, trying to clear a backlog of shows, or reading her Kindle. Raised on a diet of rock 'n' roll, she's hit occasionally by wanderlust. After an eight-year stint at Welham Girls' School, Delhi University turned out to be an exercise in youthful rebellion before she finally trudged her way to J-school and got the best all-round student award. Now she takes each day as it comes, but isn't an eternal optimist.