The Smurfs 2 is a 2013 American 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film and a sequel to the 2011 film The Smurfs. It is loosely based on The Smurfs comic-book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo. It is the second and final installment of a projected duology, produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film is directed by Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first, with all the main cast returning. New cast members include Christina Ricci and J. B. Smoove as members of the Naughties, and Brendan Gleeson as Patrick Winslow's stepfather. The film was released on July 31, 2013 and is dedicated to Jonathan Winters, who voiced Papa Smurf and died on April 11, 2013.
In preparation for her birthday celebration, the Smurfs read the story of Smurfette, how she was created by Gargamel to destroy them, only for Papa Smurf to rescue her and turn her fully into a Smurf. Meanwhile, she is having nightmares about reverting to her original form and betraying her fellow Smurfs by turning them over to Gargamel. The Smurfs are preparing a surprise party, but as Smurfette tries to find out what her fellow Smurfs are planning, none of them are saying a word. She takes this to mean that everyone has forgotten her birthday.
In France, Gargamel is now a celebrity, amazing people with his sorcery, but he sees that he is running low on the Smurf essence that gives him his magic powers. With his new creations, evil Smurf-like creatures called Naughties named Vexy and Hackus, Gargamel plans on opening a portal to the Smurf village by using the Eiffel Tower as a conduit so that he can kidnap Smurfette and, through her, get Papa Smurf's secret formula for creating Smurfs. However, as the portal he created is not big enough for him to go through, Gargamel sends Vexy through to the portal to grab Smurfette and bring her to Paris.
The Smurfs witness the abduction of Smurfette and inform Papa Smurf, who uses his magic to create crystals that allow several of his Smurfs to travel directly to Patrick Winslow's residence in New York City in order to get his help to rescue Smurfette. Papa originally intends for Brainy, Hefty, and Gutsy to use the crystals, but through an accident, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity use them instead. Papa and the three Smurfs arrive in the apartment right after the celebration of Blue's fourth birthday where they meet both the Winslows' young boy and Patrick's stepfather Victor Doyle, a man who is a constant embarrassment to Patrick. The Smurfs soon discover where Gargamel is, and so they and the Winslows set off for Paris in order to find him.
After their arrival in Paris, Patrick and his wife Grace work together with Victor to distract Gargamel during one of his performances while the Smurfs sneak backstage in order to find Smurfette, only to discover what Gargamel is planning. At the same time, Smurfette escapes from her prison, and Vexy and Hackus chase after her. Upon her return to Gargamel's hotel suite with the Naughties, Gargamel presents her with a tiny dragon wand as a feigned act of kindness. Smurfette still refuses to give Gargamel the formula until she sees that the Naughties are dying due to a lack of Smurf essence. Faced without an alternative to save them, Smurfette writes the formula down and Gargamel uses it to turn the Naughties into real Smurfs. Immediately after they become Smurfs, Gargamel puts them into his Smurf-a-lator so he can carry out the rest of his plan.
Meanwhile, Patrick, Victor, and the Smurfs work together to rescue Smurfette. The Smurfs are soon captured and put into the Smurf-a-lator, powering Gargamel's large-sized dragon wand. Patrick and Victor arrive just in time to destroy the Smurf-a-lator, causing the formula to be destroyed in blue pixie dust that in turn vanquishes the secret formula. Gargamel has gained enough power to use his new wand against the Smurfs and their allies. Vexy and Hackus team up with the Smurfs against their former master and use the new wand to blast him away. He then falls onto the Notre Dame Cathedral, where he accidentally brings a stone vulture to life, which then throws him to the top of the Eiffel Tower where fireworks then set off, sending him in the air. Vexy and Hackus bid farewell to the Winslows and return home with the rest of the Smurfs.
In two post-credit sequences, Gargamel and Azrael are pulled into the portal, sending them back to their castle, and they later have a fight.
Why It Sucks
- Doesn't really have anything humourous in it.
- How exactly did Papa Smurf know that Smurfette had a bad dream, was he peeping at her?
- The two creatures, known as "Naughties," are introduced too quick in the movie; which gives no backstory on how they were created. As the Nostalgia Critic says: "I'm introducing them to you because the movie forgot."
- It is supposed to be Smurfette's birthday today and the other smurfs are planning a surprise. And how are the smurfs trying to keep her from knowing the surprise? They act very rude to her. That is very mean-spirited.
- Speaking of which, the movie can get either very mean spirited or very heart breaking.
- Neil Patrick Harris is very unlikable in this movie.
- Patrick apparently hates his father because he believes that he causes trouble, when ironically he likes to have fun with the children. It's also another forced-in subplot.
- Gargamel's motive for his villain has changed. In the cartoons and comics, he wanted to eat them; in the first movie, he wanted them to boost his power; now he wants to rule the world. What?
- That one quote when Vexy throws Smurfette in the portal: "So long! Meeeehhhh!" Was that the best line that they could come up with for that scene?
- Grace tries to get in a hotel to find Gargamel, but they won't let her; so she disguises herself and it works. They possibly did not even try at this.
- Blue's performance is horrid in this movie. It is as equally cringy as Jake Lloyd playing Anakin Skywalker in Episode I.
- Patrick's dad is turned into a talking duck by Gargamel. What's worse about this is that it looks like he has a Hitler mustache on his beak. A big chunk of the movie deals with him as a duck, He also makes a Nazi reference.
- Gargamel uses the line that Darth Vader uses when he reveals to Luke that he's his father to Smurfette (in the Nostalgia Critic's review, Darth Vader actually appears and gives the movie the finger).
- We get the same theme of daddy issues in this movie just like the first one in a scene similar to the outdoor scene with Patrick and Papa Smurf.