The Smurfs 2

  • Review Date: July 29, 2013
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Mischief and slapstick fail to charm in un-smurfy sequel.
  • Review Date: July 29, 2013
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate, but kids will see some iconic sights of Paris, like the Eiffel Tower.

Positive messages

The central message is that family isn't necessarily biological, but made up of people who love you, support you, and participate in your life, even if they're not perfect. Also, that character is what makes you who you are, rather than your past or your origin. On the downside, the damsel-in-distress storyline reinforces the old-fashioned notion that women need rescuing.

Positive role models

The Smurfs care for each other and want to make Smurfette's birthday special. But their personalities are largely caricatures dictated by their names/personalities (Grumpy, Clumsy, etc.). Smurfette is fairly passive and a bit whiny. The female Naughty is deceitful and manipulative at first.

Violence & scariness

Slapstick throughout, with lots of comic falls and near misses. Some electrocution, a biting animal, a few crotch shots. Gargamel tosses Azrael out of his moving carriage at one point. But no one is ever seriously hurt. Gargamel is very mean to his Naughties, sometimes yelling loudly at them, and at one point he says that he'll let them die of hunger. He also captures Smurfs in cages and essentially tortures them, though they don't seem to be in pain.

Sexy stuff

Some minor ogling of Smurfette and later Vexy, the female Naughty, by the male Smurfs. One comic scene in which a male smurf says he's going to show his bottom and offers a half-moon. Patrick and Grace make lovey-dovey talk at one point and say "tres sexy" and then kiss chastely. Vexy sings the Britney Spears song "Ooh La La" at the end of the movie, with lyrics that are slightly suggestive ("Baby come with me and be my ooh la la.")

Language

Lots of fake swearing using the word "smurf": "son of a smurf," "holy smurf," "I nearly smurfed myself." Plus one very brief pun: "that was ducked up!" One "oh my God" and a couple uses of "brat."

Consumerism

A Sony tablet is part of the storyline, plus Facebook and YouTube.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Smurfs 2 (sequel to 2011's The Smurfs) is packed with pratfalls and comic violence, but no one is ever seriously hurt, and the moments of peril won't feel very scary, even to most young kids. There's lots of mischief, and Gargamel is a big comic meanie, as usual, though his treatment of his child-like creations the Naughties feels pretty cruel at times. Expect some inherent sexism in the damsel-in-distress storyline and some brief ogling of Smurfette and Vexy, especially when Vexy sings a slightly suggestive song ("Ooh La La") at the end of the movie. And, of course, no Smurf movie would be complete without fake swearing using the word "smurf" in the place of stronger words ("holy smurf," "son of a smurf," etc.), plus some jokes about farts and someone being injured in the "smurfberries."

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

It's Smurfette's (voiced by Katy Perry) birthday, and the Smurfs are planning a giant surprise party for her. But when the little blue creatures ignore her in an attempt to throw her off of their plans, she starts to think they don't care about her. Her memories of being created by the evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria) make her question whether she belongs in Smurf Village at all. Meanwhile, Gargamel, who has become an international sensation performing his magic to packed theaters, is concocting a plan to capture Smurfette and get her to reveal the formula that Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters) used to turn her into a real blue Smurf. He plans to use this formula to turn his latest Smurf-like creations -- the naughty Vexy (Christina Ricci) and Hackus (J.B. Smoove) -- into more real Smurfs so that he can extract their "essence," which he'll use to power his magic and, of course, take over the world.

Is it any good?

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While the first Smurfs movie wasn't the most creative or charming in the kids' movie genre, it at least had some silly laughs, a couple of great human characters (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays), and a lighthearted tone that made for an easy 90 minutes. But the sequel, also directed by Raja Gosnell, somehow misses even the easiest targets. The laughs are hard to come by, no matter how many times Clumsy Smurf drops something or Vanity Smurf looks at himself in the mirror. After a while, the jokes feel worn out. And Azaria's Gargamel seems much meaner this go-round, as he nearly starves his progeny to death or throws his cat Azrael out of a moving vehicle.

Harris and Mays hardly get any screen time, and their cute 5-year-old boy, Blue (Jacob Tremblay), is unfortunately a poor actor. And scenes that seem like they might turn out funny -- like when Vexy cons Smurfette into saving Hackus from a French candy store -- go so quickly that they lose any potential impact. Along with the cliched damsel-in-distress storyline, these flaws make Smurfs 2 a fairly innocuous but overall disappointing movie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Smurfs 2's message about family. What kinds of families are presented in this movie? How has the definition of family changed over the years? Do you think it will continue to change?

  • Why do you think Smurfette is the one who needs rescuing? Would the movie have worked as well if it was a different Smurf who needed help? Can you think of any other movies where the female character is rescued by male characters? What message does that kind of plot send about male and female relationships and abilities?

  • Did any of the violence seem scary to you? Did you ever think Gargamel would succeed with his plan?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 31, 2013
DVD release date:December 3, 2013
Cast:Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris
Director:Raja Gosnell
Studio:Sony Pictures Animation
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some rude humor and action

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Kid, 12 years old August 2, 2013
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Dumb Movie

I was forced to watch this movie and I unsurprisingly ended up hating it. I can't stand hearing words replaced with "smurf." It's just stupid. I have no idea why Neil Patrick Harris would sign on for the Smurf movies. The story was lacking, the acting was mediocre, and the only redeeming character was...... NOBODY. You cannot believe how many times I checked my watch to see how much more time the movie lasted. I wanted to go into the theater next to ours which was showing The Conjuring, but I had to stay with my sibling. Which brings me to this. If you are in elementary school or below, you'll love it. There is barely any violence but there is peril for the Smurfs, who I didn't care at all about. There is a lot of product placement in this movie, since this movie is sponsored by Sony and has a Sony tablet in it. There's also Facebook, YouTube, and various news channels. There was like 2 mild jump scenes when Smurfette is being kidnapped (this isn't a spoiler). Overall, if you're not a little kid, please don't waste your hard earned money and go watch something else instead like Pacific Rim. It isn't doing too well in the box office and it's a great movie that is a lot of fun to watch so that would be an amazing alternative. Thanks.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 8, 9, and 9 year old Written byOhHeyGirlll August 1, 2013
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

I don't know

I haven't seen it, but seeing the old Smurfs comparing to this one, It's a skip! I see no point and there really isn't a plot or a moral, sure it's sweet I guess and good for kids, but it has the usual slapstick and the cheesy jokes. It's a bit cute to be honest with you, and yes there is lots of smurf slang that replaces bad words, but I'm sure all kid movies do it. Seems fine for kiddos, might not attract teens from all the other summer flicks. Im not sure, but maybe..
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 31, 2013
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6
QUALITY
 

Two stars? Again?

I haven't seen this but judging by the trailers I think it will be good like the original smurfs movie. By the way, FIRST!

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