Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Sony Pictures

Directed by:

Raja Gosnell (The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua)


Hank Azaria as Gargamel; Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick; Brendan Gleeson as Victor; voices of Katy Perry as Smurfette; Christina Ricci as Vexy; Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Smurfs 2

Smurfette doesn’t always fit in. For one thing, she’s the only girl in Smurfdom. For another, she’s not a “real” Smurf—the evil wizard Gargamel created her to trap the boy Smurfs (it’s a long story). So when she thinks none of the Smurfs have noticed it’s her birthday, she gets very sad. Smurfette decides to take a walk, when suddenly, a mysterious portal appears, and a small gray girl pulls her into the real world.

Now the other Smurfs—who had been planning a super secret surprise party—have to go to Paris and rescue Smurfette from Gargamel.

The Smurfs 2 has a great message about adoption and blended families. Smurfette wasn’t “born” a Smurf, but the others love her and treat her like family. “It doesn’t matter where you come from,” Papa Smurf reminds her. “It only matters what you choose to be.”

Meanwhile, Patrick, the Smurfs’ human friend from the first movie, struggles to connect to his stepfather, Victor. But as Patrick and Victor help the Smurfs rescue their sister, Patrick grows closer to the man who raised him.

Papa Smurf and Gargamel both use magic spells—Gargamel lifts giant objects, creates interdimensional portals and transforms humans into animals. Vexy, the gray girl who kidnapped Smurfette, was formed out of clay and then magically brought to life.

As in the first movie, “smurf” is used several times as a replacement for bad words. God’s name is used inappropriately once. We see adult characters drink wine in Paris. When Victor is transformed from a duck back into a human, he falls as a naked blur into a pile of sheets.

There is a lot of slapstick violence in the movie, most of it directed at Gargamel (who is played by a real human). He smacks his head against the Eiffel Tower, gets crushed by a falling taxicab and is blown sky-high by fireworks. Other characters are punched, pulled, tripped and bashed in the head. A giant cat tries to eat both Smurfs and humans. Smurfette sets a giant Ferris wheel loose on the city of Paris, nearly crushing people.

The Smurfs 2 has the same problems as the first movie: magic, slapstick violence and lots of bad language disguised as the word “smurf!” But there are more positive messages this time, especially about the importance of family.

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