The Smurfs 2

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I would rather get kicked in the smurfberries than have to watch this movie again.

Since the events of “The Smurfs”, Gargamel (Hank Azaria) has become a world-famous magician, creating tricks and illusions using his Smurf-essence powered magic wand. He’s begun to run low on essence, however, so he’s forced to hatch a new plan to obtain the coveted magic liquid. This time, instead of capturing Smurfs, he decides to make them. If he can get the secret formula that Papa Smurf (voiced by Jonathan Winters) used to turn Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) into a real Smurf, then Gargamel can make his own Smurfs, turn them blue, and extract their essence. It’s a plan that would essentially give him access to a limitless source of power.

In order to trap Smurfette and get her to reveal the secret Smurf conversion formula, Gargamel sends two of his grey Smurf creations, whom he calls “Naughties”: the scheming Vexi (voiced by Christina Ricci), and the dim-witted Hackus (voiced by J.B. Smoove). These two bad intentioned little characters kidnap Smurfette, then try to get her to be naughty with them in order to win her over and have her reveal her secret.

Meanwhile, Papa Smurf discovers that she’s missing, and leads a team of Smurfs (Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity) to come rescue her from the human world. Of course, they’ll need the help of Patrick Winslow and family again (Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and this time Brendan Gleeson) if they want to succeed.

Along the way, you can be sure there will be plenty of jokes aimed directly at children. I can respect that, but it seems as if the humor here is aimed at dumb children. You know how Adam Sandler movies are dumbed down to that lowest common denominator level of humor? Think of that, on a 6-year-old level, and you have the humor of Smurfs 2. It’s as if it didn’t even respect the kids film audience’s intelligence. It’s filled with lifeless pratfalls, poor characters, and using the word “smurf” as a substitute for any word imaginable. It was a frustrating movie experience.

In the first Smurfs film, at least I had the pleasure of discovering Hank Azaria’s Gargamel. Azaria fully gave himself to bringing the silly cartoon character to life onscreen, and I admit to finding some laughs in his interpretation of the part in that film. His performance is still the only redeeming quality to the franchise for me, but having seen it once, apparently, is more than enough. Because here, a second helping revealed that it had already overstayed its welcome. Now it joins the annoying Smurfs and Neil Patrick Harris’ and Jayme Mays’ bland “Live Action” characters (a misnomer here if ever there was one) as another pitiable, pathetic component of this turgid turd.

I normally love animated movies. It’s rare that they’ll score less than a B with me, because honestly, how bad does a movie have to be to ruin the enjoyment of watching a cartoon? Here though, it’s easy for me to shred into this film, because it’s so patently, egregiously bad. “The Smurfs 2″ is a terrible film, I feel sorry for parents who will be dragged to this by their children, it’s a painful, excruciating, insulting hour and forty-five minutes of film.

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