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Alvin, Theodore and Simon return in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.”
Alvin, Theodore and Simon return in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Twentieth Century Fox

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language.

What it’s about: Everyone’s favorite singing chipmunks hit the road to Miami to break up their dad’s engagement.

The kid attractor factor: The animated chipmunks, Top 40 tunes and kid-friendly humor.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Communication is key, learn to love your enemy, always stick together and stick up for each other.

Violence: The chipmunks get into some scraps with the son of their dad’s new girlfriend and encounter an angry air marshal, but nothing too extreme. Theodore gets hit by a car, but is fine.

Language: Just some crude fart jokes and other bodily rude humor.

Sexuality: Miles develops a crush, dad Dave has a new girlfriend, but it’s very tame.

Drugs: Only wild night drinking on the part of the air marshal.

Parents advisory: This is fine for kids of all ages. Might be a bit too wild for the youngest ones.


Rated G

What it’s about: Neurotic Charlie Brown learns what’s really important while trying to impress his crush, the Little Red-Haired Girl.

The kid attractor factor: Beloved Charles M. Schulz characters, 3-D animation, kid-friendly humor

Good lessons/bad lessons: Be yourself and put others first. Always do the right thing: compassion, honesty and bravery are good qualities, and the right person will see that in you.

Violence: Snoopy engages in high-flying dogfights in his fantasies as the Flying Ace.

Language: None

Sexuality: Everyone has a crush on someone in Charlie Brown’s world – Charlie on the Little Red-Haired Girl, Sally on Linus, Lucy on Schroeder. But it doesn’t go beyond childlike pining.

Drugs: None

Parents advisory: Great for even the youngest of kids.