The Smurfs 2 What's the most skin-crawling genre of the last 20 years? The torture-porn horror film? Any romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler? For my money, it's the… The Smurfs 2 What's the most skin-crawling genre of the last 20 years? The torture-porn horror film? Any romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler? For my money, it's the… 2013-07-31 PG PT105M Animation Hank Azaria Neil Patrick Harris Jayma Mays Katy Perry Sofia Vergara Sony Pictures Entertainment
Movie Review

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Guide | FEELING BLUE Smurfs 2 struggles to entertain and comes off tiresome and repetitive
Image credit: Sony Pictures Animation
FEELING BLUE Smurfs 2 struggles to entertain and comes off tiresome and repetitive

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Min. Age 4-6 Yrs Old

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Details Release Date: Jul 31, 2013; Rated: PG; Length: 105 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry and Sofia Vergara; Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

What's the most skin-crawling genre of the last 20 years? The torture-porn horror film? Any romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler? For my money, it's the kiddie movie that features cuddly-cute animated heroes but is really a bonk-you-over-the-head piece of live-action junk. I'm talking about kitschy, noisy product-tie-in adventures like Garfield, the Alvin and the Chipmunks films, The Smurfs, and now The Smurfs 2. Let's be clear: I like Garfield and the Chipmunks, and I've got no problem with the Smurfs, who in Smurfs 2 are winsomely charming. They're like the Seven Dwarfs crossed with blueberry Hobbits.

The trouble with this stunted sequel is that the doughy, blobby-hatted Smurfs are mostly window dressing for an abrasive slapstick bash built around a tiresome kidnap plot, pancake-flat gags about Facebook and ''Smurf-holm Syndrome,'' and Neil Patrick Harris mugging his way through the role of a daddy with daddy issues who once again helps out our heroes. As Gargamel, the leering wizard who dresses like a Trappist Monk and has now abducted Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry), Hank Azaria munches on the scenery like he was being paid by the decibel. C

Originally posted Apr 03, 2013
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