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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 13

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the thirteenth day is:

A movie that is a guilty pleasure

Now I don’t really have guilty pleasures so I can’t think of anything that I like but am ashamed to admit to. If I like something then I don’t see any reason to feel guilty over it. The film that comes closest would definitely be:

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks

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Alvin and the Chipmunks is not a good film. Jason Lee and David Cross are wasted in it (and Cross even felt he had to publicly defend his role in the film), the plot is very predictable for something involving chipmunks that can talk and sing, most of the jokes aren’t funny, and the technique for giving the actors that distinctive squeak makes their songs unintelligible a lot of the time.

The plot concerns Dave Seville, a failed songwriter who can’t get his songs released and is in desperate need of something unique to help him succeed, and naturally he finds that success in the form of Alvin, Simon and Theodore, chipmunks who are as sentient as humans (for reasons that aren’t explained) and are able to sing. They become a big success but Dave is ridiculously cautious with their money, encouraging saving over buying cool things, leaving them open to temptation from Dave’s ‘friend’ Ian the big music studio executive, who gives them everything they want but works them incredibly hard. It’s up to Dave to try and get past Ian’s security and win them back before they go on a big world tour that will see them inaccessible to him for a long, long time.

It’s all fairly standard stuff and after seeing it once (not by my choice either) I had no intention of ever seeing it again, but if you have young relatives that’s not really how it works and you end up watching a lot of things you’d rather not. The odd thing about Alvin and the Chipmunks is I actually find it strangely watchable even though it’s a bad film, and if somebody is watching it in the same room I find my gaze drawn towards it much more than I should. Does it make me feel guilty? No, but it’s the closest film I can think of.


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