The Smurfs

Theatrical Release: July 29, 2011
The Smurfs


When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria star on camera opposite an all-star voice cast. Anton Yelchin will play Clumsy Smurf; comedy legend Jonathan Winters, who voiced roles in the “Smurfs” television series, will voice Papa Smurf; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Katy Perry will play Smurfette; Alan Cumming will play Gutsy Smurf; “SNL’s” Fred Armisen will voice Brainy Smurf; and George Lopez will play Grouchy Smurf.

In the live-action roles, Azaria will play the Smurfs’ nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel. Harris and Mays star as an expectant couple whose lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs cross over from their magical village to New York City. Vergara plays Odile, Harris’s boss, a cosmetics executive.

Dove Review

I fondly remember the Smurf cartoons from when I was a kid. How sweet and wholesome they were. Well, this is the 21st century and my how things change. This film has a simple premise, some of the Smurfs go through a water portal and land in New York City. Gargamel and his cat follow and the chase begins.

The film has a few good lessons such as the meaning of family and what is truly important in life. However, the film’s director and writers chose to take almost every vulgar phrase in the English language and substitute the swear word with the word “Smurf”. This may seem harmless enough but I don’t think many parents will appreciate their children imitating these phrases such as “Son of a Smurf” in their homes. Due to the language and other content listed below, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband/Wife kiss a few times.
Language: "I'll be smurfed"; "I so smurfin' love you"; "done smurfin' around"; "you smurfed with the wrong girl"; "Son of a smurf"; "For smurf sakes"; "Smurf me"; "Is a smurf's butt blue?"
Violence: Many chase scenes between the Smurfs and Gargamel with kicking, throwing of things, slap stick violence throughout the film but nothing too graphic.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage; Gargamel waves a wand with "Smurf Essence" over a woman's head and she becomes younger, her breasts enlarge, her waist becomes smaller and her bottom slims down.
Other: Magic potions, incantations and spells. Gargamel takes an ice bucket in a restaurant and urinates in it in public. While we do not see his privates, we can hear the act taking place.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Peyo & J. David Stem
Director: Raja Gosnell
Producer: Jordan Kerner
Genre: Children
Runtime: 86 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe