Alvin 2: The Unspeakable Squeakquel

How is it possible that a movie as bad as Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel earned more than $75 million in its first five days of release?

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Do kids know what's good for them? In movies, that is? A child of the decade just ending has been exposed to some of the grandest, most imaginative entertainment in film history: the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series, to be sure, but mainly the animated features from Pixar, Dreamworks and Aardman. These films did more than teach life lessons about the value of friendship, loyalty and initiative; they gave priceless instruction in what movies can be, and how to watch them. Seeing Finding Nemo, Kung Fu Panda and Chicken Run — not...

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