Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
In the end, it’s pretty much safe enough for all ages and if you can set aside the façade that you’re too grown up to laugh at a fart joke, you will survive a screening. I again tip my hat to Azaria for being just cartoony enough to capture the magical villain and actually find it an appropriate sendoff as this was Jonathan Winter’s last vocal entry for the fatherly leader.
Like the first entry it’ll pretty much be forgotten by awards season as it doesn’t much deserve even a nomination for its own category, but worth a shot if you haven’t seen the other family options. That said, I’m not quite ready to swear off the characters CGI versions forever, but won’t be popping on my own TV screen for another viewing anytime soon. It’s enough to garner a step up from the first film and thus “Smurfs 2” earns two and three fourths out of five mushrooms.
Movie viewing experience courtesy of the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.