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Review: The Smurfs

An uninspired rip-off
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 26, 2011
1.5 1.5 Stars



It may be a 3D movie set in a world populated by computer-animated blue-skinned natives, but this isn't Avatar. No, Raja Gosnell's movie is an uninspired rip-off of Disney's Enchanted. Driven from their, yes, enchanted village by evil wizard Gargamel (a live-action performance by a made-up, very animated Hank Azaria) into a portal, the Smurfs — created as a comic strip by Belgian artist Peyo before becoming an '80s-era cartoon-cum-cottage industry — are transported to the "realm" of New York. Led by their 546-year-old Papa (voiced by Jonathan Winters), Grouchy (George Lopez), Brainy (Fred Armisen), Smurfette (Katy Perry), and (new to this movie) the kilt-wearing Gutsy (Alan Cumming) must rescue Clumsy (Anton Yelchin), who's tripped into the Manhattan apartment of marketing man Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris) — with Gargamel still in pursuit. "I hated this much less than I expected," complains Grouchy near the end. Cranky (this critic) disagrees.

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