Puns like these would be unforgivable coming from a human. From high-pitched rodents, they prompt calls for an exterminator.
It starts with the title: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the third in the noxiously contemporary series of new Chipmunks films. Following 2009's Squeakquel, Chipwrecked, as a title, is actually rather subtle and demure.
But like the earlier two, Chipwrecked is full of the cheapest kind of pop culture references. Here is Alvin aping James Bond with a tail "shaken, not stirred," a suggestion to follow the Chipmunk on "Critter" and, gulp, a Charlie Sheen-ism of "winning." This latest Chipmunks film, directed by Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) is aimed at a slightly younger demographic than the prior movies (it's rated G), and perhaps shallow references like these are enough to delight youngsters. But I doubt it. And besides, I wonder if parents would really want stale, cringe-worthy expressions like "Awkward!" instilled in another generation.
In Chipwrecked, the Chipmunks' father figure, Dave Seville (Jason Lee, looking vaguely hostage-like) is taking his diminutive computer-generated friends on a vacation cruise en route to the Grammy-esque International Music Awards.