[D+] At the end of The Smurfs 2
, a 9-year-old viewer told me he felt too old for the movie. I would push back the recommended viewing age even further. From the beginning, Smurfs 2
, directed by Raja Gosnell, reeks of a cash-in (the first and equally dumb movie did gangbusters at the box office). It opens with dopey wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has used real magic to become the world’s most popular stage magician. The source of his magic, though—so-called “Smurf essence”—is running out, and he kidnaps Smurfette (Katy Perry) because she knows the recipe for a magic formula that will allow him to continue his show. While Azaria delivers a fine villain, Neil Patrick Harris, as the main human character, clearly phoned this one in, and you get the feeling he cares about this movie just about as much as the parents in the audience likely will. With tacked-on morals and jokes for adults that feel very forced and prove utterly unmemorable, Smurfs 2
has too much slapstick, far too many characters and, inexplicably, a duck with an Irish accent. Take your kids only if you have a lot of patience and a tolerance for insufferable blue gnomes making fart jokes.