The Smurfs are back on the big screen in “The Smurfs 2,” the sequel to 2011's live-action/computer-animated blockbuster.
The whole village of little blue creatures is preparing for a big surprise party for Smurfette (voice of Katy Perry), which is great, except the lack of anyone saying anything about her birthday leads Smurfette to think they have forgotten her. So, she begins to wonder if the other Smurfs really, really like her.
Meanwhile, the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) and his cat Azrael (voice of Frank Welker) have become superstars in the magic world. In his quest to get more of the Smurf essence that fuels his magic, Gargamel has created two Naughties, Vexy (voice of Christina Ricci) and Hackus (voice of J.B. Smoove). They look just like Smurfs, except they are gray, mischievous and kept alive by Smurf essence.
Smurfette once was a Naughty, but the Smurfs' love and a magic spell turned her Smurf blue and endowed her with all the Smurf powers. So, Gargamel plans to kidnap Smurfette and get the secret of her transformation from her so he can create endless Smurfs, extract their essence and take over the world.
Vexy is able to snatch Smurfette and bring her back to the human world.
Papa Smurf (voice of the late Jonathan Winters) handpicks a crack team to go with him to the human world to rescue Smurfette, but as they're leaving, the magic gems allowing them to travel are swallowed by Grouchy Smurf (voice of George Lopez), Clumsy Smurf (Anton Yelchin) and Vanity Smurf (voice of John Oliver) instead.
They arrive at the home of their friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) as the couple are having a birthday party for their son, Blue (Jacob Tremblay).
After the Smurfs arrive with their terrible news, humans and Smurfs must travel to Paris, where Gargamel is performing.
Smurfette is rightly suspicious of her new brother and sister Naughties and mistrusts everyone until Gargamel remembers her birthday. When the wizard gives her a wand of her own, a bit of her naughtiness returns, and she reconsiders giving the spell to Gargamel.
“The Smurfs 2” is full of gentle fun with a large dose of naughtiness. Vexy and Hackus are entertaining as Gargamel's impish creations, and their never-ending battle with the cat Azrael is full of silliness.
There are a few instances of bodily-function, bottom-flashing humor and some scary moments that earn this movie a PG, but for the most part, the film is a nice tale about discovering your real family and how making a few additions isn't bad at all.
At just under two hours, “The Smurfs 2” might be a bit long for the smallest moviegoers, but for everyone else, it's a pleasant way to spend family time.
— Sandi Davis