Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is a 2015 American live action/animated musical comedy film and the fourth and final instalment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks tetralogy.
Through a series of misunderstandings and after Brittany Jeanette and Eleanor leave to be judges on American Idol, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
- As is Chipmunks movie tradition, the comedy is mostly childish, juvenile, immature and sometimes inappropriate for its target audience, such as how Alvin dipped peanuts in alcohol to get some squirrels to sleep.
- Tons of unnecessary pop culture references like the previous films, including references to R rated movies like the The Terminator and The Shining.
- This movie could not have picked a worse time to be released, as it came out the exact same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was considered by many to be the most anticipated film of 2015 and even went on to gross over $2 billion, becoming the highest grossing film of the 2010s until Avengers: Endgame took that spot and predictably demolished this film at the box office.
- The film incorporates random cameos that don't serve much of a purpose; such as John Waters and Redfoo.
- Speaking of Redfoo, he only appears in the film so he can promote one of his singles "Juicy Wiggle".
- The marketing was terrible. The filmmakers made a music video to promote the movie entitled (and we're really not kidding here) "Pizza Toots", a song about farting from the consumption of pizza.
- There's a scene in the film that serves as blatant product placement for Chuck E. Cheese's.
- Just like the previous films, Dave's "ALVIIIIIIN!!" scream again, feels forced and weak and still sounds like he has a hoarse throat (though oddly enough, it was pulled off better compared to the previous movies).
- The bonding between the Chipmunks and Miles feels forced and cliched.
- The soundtrack reuses one of the songs, "Conga", from the previous Chipmunks film.
- Weak acting by Tony Hale, Kimberly Williams Paisley and, you guessed it, Jason Lee.
- Miles develops a crush on Ashley Green, a singer that Dave is a producer for. This only gets two scenes in the beginning and end, giving the impression that the filmmakers suddenly just forgot that they wrote that in.
- Kaley Cuoco replaces Amy Poehler as Eleanor (which was left unexplained behind the scenes), but she gets so little screen time and lines that the switch isn't even noticeable.
- On that topic, Brittney and Jeanette also barely get any screen time and lines and they along with Eleanor aren't seen again until the climax of the film. It is also never explained what happened to them after they and the Chipmunks sing the final song number in the club.
- James Suggs makes for a poor villain. Tony Hale's corny underacting is not entertaining compared to David Cross' delightfully hammy performance, which is especially a shame since Cross doesn't appear in this film, making it the only instalment without him.
- It, like the last three films, not only wastes the talents of Justin Long, Matthew Grey Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Jason Lee, Christina Applegate and Anna Faris but also new talents like Josh Green, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Tony Hale and Kaley Cucuo (replacing Amy Poehler as Eleanor).
- When Suggs references The Shining with this line "Here's Suggsy!", Simon responds by saying "he's like the Terminator!", and to that, we have to say "wrong pop culture reference."
- False advertising: the red car that's on every poster the chipmunks are in never appears in the movie.
- This film (thankfully) pretty much killed the live action movie franchise of the actual franchise, as there been since no attempts at a fifth film or a reboot, even after when Fox was bought by Disney.
- This film is almost unanimously agreed to be the best (or the least bad) of the live action Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.
- The animation on the Chipmunks is a major step up from the predecessors.
- There are some funny jokes.
- The musical numbers do have some sort of a purpose, and there is one thing this film does that the other live action Alvin and the Chipmunks movies don't: write an original song, which is quite catchy as well as a heartwarming finale. Plus, they don't take popular songs by well known artists and just give them chipmunk singing, with the exception of "Uptown Funk".
- The final scene with Dave adopting the Chipmunks is admittedly rather sweet.
- The film does have an improved pacing compared to the others.
- The development between the Chipmunks and Miles is handled quite well.
- Josh Green does a pretty good job as Miles, and he has some entertaining chemistry with the Chipmunks.