Dad of 2 girls ages 8 & 3.
I had my parenting shields up on full and I just didn't come away with much to be mad about. Some of the other reviewer busted this movie for it's:
*use word smurf in the place of profanity
*Smurfette's Marilyn Monroe moment
*High product placement
-Yes, the Smurfs say smurf a lot. They did in the original cartoon they did as well. The main human actor (Doogie Houser guy) says once in the movie, "You guys say smurf all the time, What dose that mean anyway -Smurf, SMURF! SMURFITY-SMURF!" To which all the smurfs present in the scene gasp and Papa smurf says "There is no call for that kind of language." It is fun and innocent, if adults don't read to much into it. And believe me, we are hard on "replacement words" with the entire family.
-Yes, Smurfette steps on an air vent and her dress moves a little. It was not a zoom-in shot or even exaggerated. The smurfs that are present in the scene look and say "whoa" -fairly tame. The thing that bugged me about the scene was the new smurf "gutsy" jumps on the air grate in his kilt with her, and shakes his booty showing his underwear. I guess I'm just sick of seeing people's underwear.
-And yes, there is a bunch of product placement. The guy (Doogie again) is an ad-agent. I think it is kind of the joke, because a great deal of the movie centers around a make-or-break project he has at work. Kids need to learn to deal with it anyway. Even if we (the USA) become a full socialistic country or out right comi state, capitalism will always be around. (like modern day China)
-Doogie's boss has an assistant that is clearly portrayed as a homosexual. -Didn't like that. Not my choice, I'm a Christian -not a homophobe.
-I could have lived without the guitar-hero stuff.
-Unexpectedly, this movie has strong lessons on FAMILY, and the RESPONSIBILITIES that come with belonging. Yea!
-Also, Two GIANT THUMBS UP for a ProLife stance, as Doogie, an expectant father, looks at his baby's first picture -AN UNTRA-SOUND! Hurray!
We're sure to get it on dvd. And I'll refer my Christian friends to it for their kids, -and expect to keep them as friends.
Onward Christian Soldiers!