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The Smurfs


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Dec 01, 2011

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Raja Gosnell


Hank Azaria

Anton Yelchin

Katy Perry

Alan Cumming

George Lopez


2011 Columbia Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: The Smurfs.

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Overall B
Run Time103

Making the Grades

Everything is not sunshine and rainbows for the Smurfs after Clumsy (voice by Anton Yelchin) unintentionally reveals the secret entrance of their village to Gargamel (Hank Azaria). In an attempt to capture the little creatures, the evil wizard goes on a rampage, smashing their tiny mushroom houses and destroying their community’s infrastructure. Running for safety, Papa (voice by Jonathan Winters), Gutsy (voice by Alan Cummings), Brainy (voice by Fred Armisen), Grouchy (voice by George Lopez), Smurfette (voice by Katy Perry) and Clumsy take a detour down a dangerous path that leads to a dead end.

Just in time—and thanks to the arrival of a blue moon—a portal leading to another world opens up. In a panic, the little blue creatures jump in and find themselves transported to the middle of New York City’s Central Park. In short order, they manage to take refuge in the home of Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris) and his pregnant wife Grace (Jayma Mays).

Not to be foiled in his attempt to steal the Smurfs’ essence, Gargamel hops into the same opening and follows the blue beings to the Big Apple.

Despite my earlier exposure to these cartoon characters (or maybe because of it), I didn’t relish the idea of spending 90 minutes of a Friday afternoon with them. Their theme song is one of those irritating ditties that I will be forced to hear over and over in my head for at least a week and their vocabulary is atrocious. Who besides teenagers can use one word (like in the case of teens, smurf in the case of Smurfs) to such excess? Unfortunately, I also discovered the new generation of these little creatures have a saltier side to their dialogue, using smurfonyms to replace profanities (such as smurf off and son of a smurf). That, combined with some sexual innuendo and a reenactment of Marilyn Monroe’s famous shot from the movie The Seven Year Itch, makes these Smurfs a racier bunch than their Saturday morning predecessors. While cartoon-type violence is to be expected, the characters in this movie are frequently in peril with some of them being smashed by a bus, stunned with a taser and exposed to scientific experimentation.

Luckily it’s the live actors that save this film. Looking remarkably like his cartoon character, Hank Azaria gets most of the funny lines in the script and manages to pull off his evil role with engaging aplomb and exaggeration. The important life lessons that all children’s movies feel motivated to include come thanks to the characters played by Harris and May who discover the joy of living in the moment.

By the time I left the theater, I had to admit my afternoon with The Smurfs, went better than I imagined it would. But that might simply be due to a case of low expectations.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Smurfs.

In this movie Papa Smurf sees a vision of the future and is convinced it will happen because past visions have never been wrong. Would you want to see what your future looks like? What would be the pros and cons of doing so?

The Smurfs have a long history dating back over a half-century. For all the details, visit the official website of Smurdom.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

G Violence.

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Home Video Notes: The Smurfs

Release Date: 2 December 2011

The Smurfs are coming to home video on December 2, 2011. Available packages include:

The Smurfs on DVD Includes:

- Game: Find The Smurfs

- Blue-pers

- Happy Music Montage

- 2 Commentaries

- 2 Featurettes: The Smurfs: Comic Book to the Big Screen and Going Gargamel

The Smurfs on Blu-ray 3D (Blu-ray 3D + DVD):

Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D)

- 3D & 2D Versions of The Smurfs™

- The Smurfs™ Fantastic Adventure Game

- Deleted Scenes & Extended Scenes

- Blue-pers

- Happy Music Montage

- 2 Commentaries

-3 Featurettes: The Smurfs: Comic Book to the Big Screen, SmurfSpeak: Meet the Cast and Going Gargamel

-Progression Reels

Disc 2: DVD   Feature Film & Special Features on Stand-alone DVD

The Smurfs 3-Disc Holiday Gift Set (Blu-ray + DVD + The Smurfs™: A Christmas Carol DVD:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray)

- Smurf™-O-Vision: Second Screen Experience!

- The Smurfs™ Fantastic Adventure Game

- Deleted Scenes & Extended Scenes

- Blue-pers

- Happy Music Montage

- 2 Commentaries

- 3 Featurettes: The Smurfs: Comic Book to the Big Screen, Smurf Speak: Meet the Cast and Going Gargamel

- Progression Reels

Disc 2: DVD   Feature Film & Special Features on Stand-alone DVD

Disc 3: DVD - The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol - a-new mini-movie starring the Smurfs.

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Stephanie0165 says: Aug. 20, 2011

If I’d have read this review about the sexual content prior to seeing The Smurfs, then I’d have been afraid to take my kids to see it.  The “man” in a kilt who shows his bare buttocks is a smurf who shows his WHITE pants.  BIG DIFFERENCE!  I would not have gone to see it if I read this review and saw that, so the review should be corrected.  Also, the girl posing as Marilyn is Smurfette over an air vent.

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