Double Feature: Date With Love (2015) & Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

Time is flying by and with Christmad Eve tomorrow, I have been struggling to get a lot of time for writing and even watching movies so here we are with a lovely double feature of two films that I saw a good while ago but never could or did write a full review for so here are some quick reviews for them.

Date With Love (2016)

Date With Love

Director:Ron Oliver

Cast: Shenae Grimes, Andrew W. Walker, Quinn Lord, Bailee Madison, Andrea Brooks

When a small-town boy’s video Promposal goes viral, it scores him a Prom date with his celebrity crush. Complications arise when the celebrity falls for the boy’s teacher.-IMDB

Netflix has been wrapped up in a ton of these Hallmark movies. Its kind of obvious because that is what I’ve been reviewing a lot lately. While I love the big titles and I love the indie and all the quality stuff, I equally don’t mind sitting down (ever since I was younger) and catching some TV movies. They usually don’t measure the same in quality as Hollywood or well thought out unique indies and take a rather formulaic route but there’s something genuine and believable about these movies that don’t bother me too much. With that said, when I draft and work on stuff around the house, I like to put up simple movies and that day, I put on Date With Love which turned out to be about something different from what I expected but hey, it has Shenae Grimes and I loved her in 90210.

Date With Love

Date With Love is one of the more lackluster films in the trail of Hallmark films I have been watching lately. It is still a feel good film in its core but other than Shenae Grimes and , two people who meet and are wildly attracted to each other, the younger cast doesn’t stand out as much as I would’ve liked. That isn’t to say that they didn’t deliver good performances but more that the script lacked a little more to it. With that said, Shenae Grimes playing a popular actress trying to redeem her reputation after a red carpet breakup by agreeing to be a high school boy’s prom date brings a lot of fun because she ends up meeting his English teacher (played by Andrew Walker). The best parts of the movie are the scenes with her and the English teacher because it brings out a lot of fun, whether its her character not knowing a lot about everyday life because she has been in a different world ever since she was young or its the idea of the English teacher really not knowing who she is and how popular. Plus, this movie also has Bailee Madison. She started as a young actress in a few movies that I’ve reviewed already like Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark or Just Go With It and she’s also young Snow White in TV series Once Upon a Time.

I can’t say I’ll be frequently rewatching this one but it had some likeable characters and a decent cast. Not to mention, there’s something for natural and genuine about Andrew Walker that I like.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

alvin and the chipmunks the road chip

Director: Walt Becker

Cast: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Josh Green, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tony Hale, Bella Thorne

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. –IMDB

Its hard to believe that Alvin and the Chipmunks are at their 4th movie. Perhaps its at this time of year that we remember Alvin and the Chipmunks, the first one or even the original and wonder how its gone such a long way to building up Alvin and his brothers and Dave’s relationship with them. This time’s journey is all about the chipmunks and their potential brother to-be, Miles and the feuds between them but also their relationship growing as they take a road trip to Miami to stop their parents from the potential proposal.

I have a soft place in my heart for Alvin and the Chipmunks. It might have to do with just how adorable they are, especially the clumsy but extremely caring Theodore. It is hard to not love them but it is always a little easier when the movies turn into a really generic type. Luckily, I do also like musical movies so these also fall in that category. In this one, the new addition is Josh Green who plays Miles, a young actor with a decent voice, which is great because you know he has some singing to do when he is with the Chipmunks. Suffice to say, with the addition of Tony Hale playing the air marshal who is chasing down the chipmunks, it turns into a rather over the top trip. There are some roll your eyes moment, some stupid ones, there are some nice ones and even some heartwarming ones.

At this point in the franchise, you are either on board or not. Alvin and the Chipmunks might not really be offering a lot but its always fun (at least for me) to hear chipmunk-voiced tunes and get caught up in the Chipmunk shenanigans and mischief.

That’s it for this double feature! I apologize for the tardiness.
My work’s renovations and the resulting glue fumes circulating the office is making my brain work slower than usual. 
However, its a long weekend coming up so YAY! Christmas movies and lots of gaming (and Boxing Day shopping) is in the horizon.
And..of course family time!

But..I still have one more post for tonight (not Christmas related also but for Netflix A-Z)!

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