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Parents' Guide to

The Smurfs

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Reboot of '80s show focuses on pratfalls, not clever plots.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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What was once novel and exciting about this franchise feels like it's lost its special blue sparkle. This version of The Smurfs is fast-moving, and the action is constant, but a little more time spent developing the characters might have benefited the plotlines. Gags feel old, adventures have lost their novelty. There might be a few more girl characters in this reboot, but the flirty kisses on the cheek that Smurfette doles out are still happening all these years later. There's just not as much heart in this show as there once was. Papa Smurf is cranky, like, all the time.

Kids might giggle at wordplay using "smurf" as a part of speech, but parents will lose interest pretty quickly. This newest installment of The Smurfs franchise relies too much on the recognition of a unique idea and doesn't offer much that's new.

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