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The Smurfs
Reviewer: Torrence Fallen
Director: Raja Gosnell
Cast: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Hayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin

I grew up watching the Smurfs on Saturday morning cartoons. So when the movie came out, I thought it would be really cool to see it with my two daughters ages 3 and 2. With a run time of 86 minutes, I thought it was a perfect way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

The movie started out quickly meeting each Smurf in their Smurf Village; I sat back and enjoyed the animation. But too quickly we were rushed into Gargamel's castle, and alas, he was human and not animated…and I could see the disappointment in my girl's body language. Hank Azaria did a great job, as the character Gargamel. And his cat Azreal was a delight!

So we get rushed into a chase where Clumsy Smurf leads Gargamel to the place of entry into Smurf Village. He crushes houses with his huge feet, and chases them into a whirlpool which sucks them into “real life” New York City.

The Smurfs find their way to Patrick Winslow's (Neil Patrick Harris) office and then to his home. Here his pregnant wife Grace (Jayma Mays) quickly falls in love with them. And they help the Smurfs find a way home.

The movie plods through chases between Gargamel and the Smurfs. Patrick's need to please his demanding boss Odile (Sofía Vergara) and the love that being pregnant, with a new baby creates.

Unfortunately , my girls got a little fidgety an hour into it. I felt that if there was more animation in the film, it would have been more pleasing to kids. And this IS a kids movie right? Movies made for kids don't have to be longer that 1hr 10 mins. I wish the movie companies would think about that more when they make these films.

One thing we do learn in the movie….and rightfully so…is how and why Smurfette is the only girl Smurf. One of life's great unsolved mysteries…..solved lol.

My girls and I give this movie 1.5 stars.