Movie Review: The Smurfs (2011)


There are movies that both adults and children will love, but The Smurfs is very preoccupied with keeping the young children happy.

From the bland humor ("What do you get when you cross a smurf and a cow? Blue Cheese!) to the physical comedy (which often involves Hank Azaria as Gargamel hitting something), the movie is a children's pop corn fare that will the rest blue.

Not even the earnest performances of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays can make this movie appealing to anyone over 18. The Smurfs who get transported in New York City (Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Gutsy, Brainy, Grouchy, and Clumsy) are likable but a bit on the "meh" side of things.

The Smurfs may be a mediocre family film, but I guarantee you two things after watching the film: (1) You will use "smurf" as a verb at least once; and (2) you will hum the Smurf song at least once.


Rating: 1.5/5


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