Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)

OK FOR MANY KIDS 6 AND OLDER There's a lot of plot but not much of a movie here as the Chipmunks take a break from their rock-star careers and enroll in high school. As in Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG, 2007), this Squeakquel again mixes live-action and computer-animation. Its weakly cobbled-together story warms over a lot of film cliches about high school, but kids 6 and older seem to enjoy it. Alvin's mischief during a concert in Paris injures the Chipmunks' guardian Dave ( Jason Lee), who must stay in the hospital. He sends the boys back to Los Angeles and his slacker cousin Toby (Zachary Levi) winds up caring for Alvin (voice of Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore ( Jesse McCartney). They're sent to high school, where girls like them but jocks bully them (toilet-dunking "swirlies"). Alvin joins the in-crowd, and the mean music promoter from the first film (David Cross) returns with a sister act, the Chipettes -- Brittany ( Christina Applegate), Eleanor ( Amy Poehler) and Jeanette ( Anna Faris). There is flatulence humor, very mild sexual innuendo and a few crude expressions. One Chipmunk is briefly menaced by a bird of prey. A lady's wheelchair bumps down stairs, injuring her.
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