The Smurfs 2 Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Smurfs 2

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Some scenes may scare younger children.

  • The pitch:

    More Smurfing around.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Brendan Gleeson, Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Winters, JB Smoove, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, Frank Welker, Tom Kane, Fred Armisen, Jeff Foxworthy, Alan Cumming, Gary Basaraba, Jacob Tremblay

  • Directed by:

    Raja Gosnell

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A woman appears to be cut into thirds (magic trick). Smurfs begin to die from starvation. Smurfs fall over, fall down, dangle from high ledges. Smurfs get 'essence-extracted', electrocuted, hit by objects, whipped with lightning-strikes from a wand, scrum-tackled, punched, kicked, tricked, grabbed, kidnapped, bound, trapped, near-crushed, near-swatted, thrown through the air. A man falls from a tower, gets squished by a car, is attacked by a duck. People are slapped, trapped, hit by objects, zapped by lightning flashes, squirted, thrown through the air. An animal is teased, knocked over, caught in a net, thrown out of a window, zapped. Objects get broken. Screaming. Extinction, spanking, smacking, excruciating pain mentioned. Reference to Stockholm Syndrome.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting, rude humour. Shirtless man (full nudity implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smurfs consume a magical transportation potion. A magical transformation potion is concocted. Poison mentioned. Glasses of wine, empty wine bottles, champagne bottle.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Suggested profanity ('Are you smurfing kidding me? What the quack is that?'). Name-calling, mocking, teasing, butt, poop. Religious exclamation. Gender, cultural stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Smurfs, birthdays, parties, identity, acceptance, rescue missions, teamwork, family, technology, flying, Paris, fathers, unconditional love, villains, emotional blackmail, secret formulas, Smurfessence, betrayal, forgiveness, pride, siblings.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged step-father. Estranged father, stolen parrot mentioned. Sewer setting. Fireworks (incl. opening titles), waterfall, lightning, balloons, party popper, inter-dimensional portal, power blackout. Cat, toad, horses, ducks, storks, pigeons, gargoyle dog, flapping birds, feathers. Magic tricks (illusion, levitation, hypnosis, gigantism, animal transformation). Scary ghosts, face-stealing aliens mentioned. Allergies (peanut, gluten, wheat, birds) mentioned, allergy attack, gargoyle dog attack, farting, burping, slime, fire-breathing. Grilling, roasting meat; oysters, snails, baked fish. Aerial cinematography over cityscape. Brief French language (no subtitles). Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Corny, goofy, pleasing, mindless, amusing. Seamless animation integration. Earnest performance from Hank Azaria.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Intensity of 3D. Gargamel is irritating. Unimaginative title. Little to engage adults. Formulaic, repetitive, gloomy. Confusing plot. Terrible movie references.

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