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The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2
Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry and Hank Azaria

Rated: PG for some rude humor and action.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: July 31, 2013 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Those cute blue animated Smurfs are this time paired with live actors in Sony Pictures Animation's new sequel.
The evil wizard Gargamel (played by Hank Azaria, who uses an abundance of sneering behind his heavy makeup) has invented a group of Smurf-like characters, but instead of being sweet and cuddly, they're called the Naughties, which describes them perfectly.   He kidnaps Smurfette (voice by Katy Perry) because she holds the key to turning the knockoffs into Smurfs.
The Paris setting adds a nice backdrop to the silliness; there's an out-of-control giant Ferris wheel and an Eiffel Tower escapade.   However, most of the action is loud and chaotic.
Neil Patrick Harris is a human friend and unfortunately the Smurfs are more "animated" than he is..  Christine RIcci gives voice to Vexi and the late, great Jonathan Winters is the voice of Papa Smurf.
Directed by Raja Gosnell, the human actors got in the way of the animation.   Toddlers in the audience seemed to be entertained by the Smurfs, but there's nothing really to hold the attention of anyone over 6 years old.

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The Smurfs 2  B-   C   C                     C 

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