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The Smurfs 2

By RICHARD GRUNERT
[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.
 
  • Genres: Live action/animated, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG [ Action, Some Rude Humor ]
  • Critic's Score: D+
  • Starring: Neil Patrick Harris [Patrick Winslow], Brendan Gleeson [Victor Doyle], Jayma Mays [Grace Winslow], Sofía Vergara [Odile], Hank Azaria [Gargamel], Jacob Tremblay [Blue], Nancy O'Dell [Herself], Katy Perry [Voice of Smurfette], Jonathan Winters [Voice of Papa], Christina Ricci [Voice of Vexy], JB Smoove [Voice of Hackus], George Lopez [Voice of Grouchy], Anton Yelchin [Voice of Clumsy], John Oliver [Voice of Vanity], Frank Welker [Voice of Azrael]
  • Directed by: Raja Gosnell [Director], J. David Stem [Screenwriter], David Weiss [Screenwriter], Jay Scherick [Screenwriter], David Ronn [Screenwriter], Karey Kirkpatrick [Screenwriter], Jordan Kerner [Producer], Ezra Swerdlow [Executive Producer], Ben Haber [Executive Producer], Paul Neesan [Executive Producer], Phil Meheux [Cinematographer], Bill Boes [Production Design], Sabrina Plisco [Film Editor], Heitor Pereira [Original Music], David Rubin [Casting], Rita Ryack [Costume Designer], Véronique Marchessault [Costume Designer], Michele Laliberte [Supervising Art Direction], Vincent Gingras-Liberali [Art Director], David Gaucher [Art Director], Elise Deblois [Set Decoration], Marie-Soleil Denommé [Set Decoration], Frédérique Bolté [Set Decoration]
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