In their familiar 1980s cartoon incarnation — as with most other properties turned into films during Hollywood's ongoing molestation of our collective nostalgia — were always horrible. So there has to be something intensely masochistic about buying tickets for a frantic, formulaic 100-minute dollop of hell like this one, in which the familiar blue faces — now in CGI — form-fly through a vortex from their Smurf village to New York City, where they can be a problem for an overworked, soon-to-be-first-time-dad marketing executive (Neil Patrick Harris).
As directed by Raja Gosnell (the two
movies, plus Beverly
it hits every required element for such movies: musical number,
toilet gags, rib-nudging pop-culture references, sloppy
Opens July 29. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.