Release date: July 31, 2013
Running time: 105 minutes
Starring: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Brendan Gleeson
Who to see it with: Your kids
The story is enjoyable enough, providing some justification for the smurfs to enter the real world and reunite with NPH and Jayma Mays. But the movie does drag down in the middle and feels like it goes a little long for a kids film. And speaking of being a kids movie, you can tell that that is the focus. The jokes are pretty slapstick; there are some references that adults will enjoy but overall, much of the humor is kind of childish. It's not unexpected for this genre, but other recent movies like Monsters U and Turbo have enjoyable jokes for both young and old. In the end, The Smurfs 2 is not smurf-tacular, but it is a movie that your children will enjoy. For a kids movie, that's about all you could ask for. I wouldn't see it in theaters, but if you have kids or are fans of the source material,
PS - There are two stingers in the movie, one a little after the credits start and one at the end of the credits. In all honesty, the credits are a lot of fun to watch from a nostalgic point of view. They have hand-drawn-style animated smurfs that scroll throughout the credits; if you watched the show, you'll enjoy it.