Review by Bob Ignizio
John Waters has a cameo in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: ROAD CHIP. There’s even a PINK FLAMINGOS joke. So there’s that. For the most part, though, this movie is exactly the sort of uninspired product you’d expect from the fourth installment in a kid vid series that wasn’t anything to write home about to start with. It’s not good, but beating it up in a review hardly seems useful, either.
The plot is pretty typical stuff. Dave (Jason Lee) is getting serious with his girlfriend Shira (Kimberly Williams-Paisley). This doesn’t sit well with Dave’s pets/weird pseudo kids/meal tickets Alive (voice of Justin Long), Simon (voice of Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (voice of Jesse McCartney), collectively known as The Chipmunks. Shira has a son of her own, Miles (Josh Green), who takes his daddy issues out on the pint sized singing rodents.
To stop their respective parents from tying the knot, Miles and the Munks agree to team up and sabotage Dave’s proposal. Problem is, Dave is in Miami, and the kids are in LA. And after an incident on a plane, they all land on the government “no fly” list, as well as incurring the wrath of air marshal Benson (Tony Hale). And so, they must set out over land, thus earning the film’s subtitle.