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If you're a fan of the old-style slapstick and one liners made classic by Charlie Chaplain, The Three Stooges, and Tom & Jerry—you're going to enjoy the style of SMURFS 2 (2013) starring Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, and Katy Perry. A follow-up to the original SMURFS released in 2011, this second installment in a 3-part trilogy is a much darker comedy than I would normally recommend for young viewing audiences.

Once again, Gargamel is the source of all evil, and the Smurfs are forced to team up with their human friend Patrick in a desperate bid to save the adorable little Smurfette. Her knowledge of a secret spell that's capable of changing Gargamel's newly created 'Naughties' into real life Smurfs has rendered her as valuable as any world treasure.

It doesn't take very long for any audience member, other than those of early elementary age, to tire of the world 'Smurf' being substituted for just about any other world throughout the dialogue in SMURFS 2. What might have been cute in the first movie, has become overdone and somewhat tiring in the second. Although Gargamel played by Hank Azaria might be the only reason adults will sit through this movie—it's just not enough, and ultimately fans of all ages will become overshelmed with the 3D imagery constantly bombarding the screen. 

Loosely based on The Smurfs comic-book series, Sony and Columbia have already announced that July 24th, 2015 will be the release date of the third installment. Of course, a video game titled SMURFS 2 has already hit the shelves to coincide with this summer's release. Directed by Raja Gosnell, Rated-PG, 105 Mins, Animation, Comedy, Family. ** 2 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin September 24, 2013
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