I read the previews to this movie and decided to skip it. Not enough time had passed for me to get completely over Meet The Spartans, which I liked. Now, Meet The Spartans, along with any of the other Scary Movies, didn’t require much thought. They all required knee jerk reactions to puns and pratfalls. However, when I saw the preview, the first thought that went through my mind was, “A five year old would love this.” Just so happens, I have a five year old. So, we went.
Now, the critics are right for the most part. If you don’t really enjoy the movies they poke at, you won’t get much of the humor. If you do like the movies they poke at, you might get it. I got it. I thought many lines and visuals were funny. Not side-splitting, but pleasantly fun. And, I had to put up with scenes like this all night:
Obviously, I was able to grin and bear it while the five year old hooted and hollered at the rabid chipmunks and people being splattered by falling rocks.
I think the directors missed their target audience on this one. If it’s for adults, we need nudity and adult oriented themes. If it’s for kids, which this one seems to be due to the content, we need no profanity, which this movie could have done just as well without. It just really seemed confused in what it set out to entertain. Not too many adults really enjoyed Alvin and the Chipmunks enough to really enjoy seeing them roasted in this one.
All in all, no thumbs for this one. But, if you have an open mind and a five year old, it’s worth one visit to the cinema and seeing your kid laugh. One visit. Matinee only.