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Parents' Guide to

The Smurfs

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Not enough bright spots in disappointing adaptation.

Movie PG 2011 103 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 6+

Not sure why all the Negative comments, its not THAT bad, it's actually pretty good.

Please ignore all those negative reviews.. I seriously have no idea where they are coming from. This movie had my kiddo rolling with laughter. (She is six) alot of silliness happens. And it's an extremely relatable movie for Littles. I enjoyed it as an Adult. I am VERY picky about what my kid watches, and this is NOT bad. It has very little violence if ANY at all. The only *scary* parts is when the gargamoyle guy tries to catch them and when he is in jail, and almost gets into a fight, and when he captures papa smurf, but it never shows anything too overwhelming or terrifying that some Littles could handle, and almost ALWAYS ends in humor and silliness. Which is important. If you want a family friendly movie this is a great choice and if you dont want to watch the papa smurf being caught by gargamoyle then simply fast forward past it. But it always has an extremely positive twist to things, and has a lot of encouraging twists that are extremely inspirational for Littles and as an adult if you appreciate those things, then this is a great option. They replace any inappropriate words with *smurf* which is way better than anything negative. Yes, there is some women objectification but nothing sexual, or anything at all. There's a lot of humor. And it really emphasizes upon family, finding positivity, and realizing that even though things don't always go perfectly, there is still a silver lining somewhere. It encourages supporting those you care about, and sticking by them. Yes there is a decent amount of adult interaction and conversations, but they are actually really meaningful, and have a really positive message tied to it.. It's not bad. Honestly. I'd say try it out to see what you think, because you may be surprised. Your kid may love it.

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age 9+

Disappointing and disturbing

(Written by 8yo boy) I agree with Common Sense. There are no real bright spots in this disappointing film. I was worried in the end because the main smurf is about to die by a machine of some kind. There is one point that was really gross where a cat eats off one of the smurf's hair and then barfs it up later (like a hairball). I suggest you don't watch this creepy and disgusting film. There's much better stuff to watch so just don't.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35 ):
Kids say (92 ):

Despite a few laughs, this adaptation of one of the most popular Saturday-morning cartoons in U.S. history is only going to appeal to families with Smurf-obsessed kids. Even Harris, who has become one of those dependable movie savers in a string of comedies, and Azaria, who's a gifted, family-friendly comedian, can't save director Raja Gosnell's live-action/CGI hybrid from disappointing nostalgia-seeking grown-ups and all but the youngest of kids.

On the smurfy side, there are a few decent one-liners here, and physical comedy is hard to resist sometimes. The Smurfs joke about their personality-named brothers left back in the village (nobody misses "Passive-Aggressive Smurf"), or look shocked when Patrick snaps an apparent expletive that only involves variations of the word "smurf." And, yes, Gargamel stomping around Manhattan with his faithful devilish cat has an inherent comedic appeal, but it's not enough to sustain a paper-thin plot. As Grouchy appropriately says at the end of the Smurfs' urban adventure, "I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. But I still hated it."

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