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Updating The Smurfs as a feature film doesn't work

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Director Raja Gosnell takes Smurfs where they shouldn’t go: out of Smurf Village (an alternate universe that “knows no sadness”) and through a blue moon-induced portal to modern day Manhattan. Hiding from evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria with a prosthetic shnoz)---who’s on a mission to extract the Smurfs’ happiness to become invincible---a band of Smurfs glom onto a yuppie couple (marketing man Neil Patrick Harris and pregnant, irksome Jayma Mays). The attempt to modernize Smurfs fails miserably, with too many desperate cultural references, including a Guitar Hero battle between NPH and a Smurf. The movie’s premise is off to begin with and its other aspects---including the acting, special effects and jokes---are so half-assed, it doesn’t even enter the realm of mediocrity. You kinda feel bad for all the actors who aren’t disguised as Smurfs---how embarrassing.

The Smurfs
Rated PG (MPAA) · 102 min. · 2011
Official Site: www.smurfhappens.com
Director: Raja Gosnell
Writer: Peyo, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss
Producer: Jordan Kerner
Cast: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Sofia Vergara

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