Rated: PG

Distributed By:

SonyPictures

Directed by:

Raja Gosnell (Scooby-Doo)

Starring:

Hank Azaria as Gargamel; Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick Winslow; Jayma Mays as Grace Winslow; the voices of Jonathan Winters as Papa; Alan Cumming as Gutsy; Katy Perry as Smurfette; Anton Yelchin as Clumsy; Fred Armisen as Brainy; George Lopez as Grouchy

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Smurfs

The life of a Smurf might seem easy at first, but there's trouble brewing in Smurf paradise. On the outskirts of Smurf Village lives Gargamel, an evil wizard with an almost equally evil cat. He hates Smurfs and will do whatever he can to make life miserable for them. When Clumsy Smurf accidentally leads Gargamel right to Smurf Village, the Smurfs run for their lives. A few of the Smurfs run in the wrong direction and get sucked into a magical vortex.

Clumsy Smurf and Papa Smurf—along with Brainy, Gutsy, Grouchy and Smurfette—are stuck in New York City with no money and no clue how to get back. To make matters worse, Gargamel and his fiendish feline are hot on their heels. The Smurfs take refuge in the home of Patrick and Grace Winslow, a nice human couple with a baby on the way.

The Smurfs appreciate one another's skills and personality traits. At first Patrick considers the Smurfs to be a nuisance, but they teach him to enjoy the moment and not get so wrapped up in work that he forgets he has a lovely wife and a beautiful baby on the way. 

Magic is a big part of the Smurfing world. We see Papa Smurf conjure a vision of the future, and the Smurfs break into a used bookstore to read a spell book. Gargamel believes the Smurfs possess a power that, if he can get his hands on it, will make him the most powerful magician in the world. Unfortunately, there is a lot of toilet humor, some inappropriate references to adult-themed content  and mild violence, including Smurfs getting smacked in the face, being run over and a cat getting sucked into a leaf blower.

The Smurfs takes all the heart of the innocent, Saturday-morning cartoon from the early 1980s and adds in some 21st-century garbage. The movie is rated PG but, considering the amount of toilet humor and references to adult topics, it pushes the boundaries. With this new movie, the word Smurf doesn't mean innocence anymore. And that’s a shame.

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