'Smurfs 2' is pretty much unbearable, but then again I am a guy with no children whose favorite 2013 so far is a toss-up between 'Stoker' and 'Only God Forgives.' To paraphrase Roger Ebert, I’m as sure of the fact that there is an audience for this sequel as I am that I’m not a member of it, but does that excuse how overmodulated and mind-obliteratingly stupid Raja Gosnell’s sequel is? It seems like it can’t. And yet, there’s a massive difference between abominable entertainment made for “everybody” and abominable entertainment made mostly for kids. All of which is why 'Smurfs 2' is the kind of terrible that almost deserves to be excused, because it’s designed to make children laugh at stupid hijinks with bright colors and broad gags rather than tell a story that anyone over the age of five hasn’t seen 5,000 times before, much less care about.
If you're wondering whether to sit through 'Smurfs 2' with or without (no judgement) the little ones, perhaps this will sway your decision -- Britney Spears, the trainwreck only rivaled by Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes, is contributing a new song to the official soundtrack that will be "Smurftastic."
Raja Gosnell’s ‘The Smurfs’ was a hit. Wait, that’s an understatement. It was a complete smash, earning $142 million domestically and a grand total of $563 million worldwide. An inevitable sequel was announced, and we’re starting to learn who’ll be in it.