Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Live Action and Animation. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria
In this sequel, Gargamel (Azaria) has become a famous magician in Paris using Smurf “essence.” He’s tried to recreate Smurfs and come up with two “naughties.” But they’re no good at giving him the Smurf essence he needs to continue to remain the “darling” of Paris and do fabulous acts of magic.
So he captures Smurfette, hoping to wring the secret formula for turning his naughties into true blue (sorry, couldn’t help the pun) Smurfs so he can squeeze some essence from them and continue his fame. Along the way the Smurfs get involved with a human family and lots of slapstick humor. Smurfette was originally created by Gargamel and she worries that her background is for evil, not good. But Papa Smurf reassures her, giving a strong positive message to this silly film: “It’s not where you come from that matters, but who you choose to be.” I love that. It’s the best message in a kids’ movie in a long time. It’s unfortunate that it happens to occur in a trite, clichéd, dull movie that will only appeal to kids under 9.
Then there are the human issues of dads who leave their families and step-dads who try too hard. I’m not sure what the heck this is doing in a Smurfs movie. It seems heavy-handed at best, more like totally inappropriate for the audience. It doesn’t dent the movie much or take away from the cuteness of the little blue folks.
The Smurfs 2 is harmless and a movie that can be viewed by the young set. With comic violence, no bad language or sexuality, it’s fine for kids 5 and up. However, I suggest you send your children with grandma or a babysitter as this is beyond boring for anyone over 9.