Why? Why do we need another movie about the Smurfs? Reason: international box office; while the first film was a mixed financial success here in the States, overseas it was a smash. So, naturally a sequel would be in the works. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for the franchise. “The Smurfs 2” is an annoying counterpart to its predecessor. The movie tries really hard to tell a simple story but fails miserably. “The Smurfs 2” is an utter mess when compared to the first movie.

The story is that it is Smurfette’s birthday and she feels unwanted as nobody doesn’t want to spoil a big surprise for her. She thinks everyone has forgotten about her and sulks away. Suddenly, a new creature by the name of Vexy pulls Smurfette into a portal and transports her back to the real world where she finds the wizard Gargamel back to his old tricks but this time in Paris. He has created Vexy and another creature named Hackus who are given the title of Naughties and want nothing more than to cause trouble. For you see, Gargamel created Smurfette and wants to use her essence to create more magic to conquer the world. It’s up to the rest of the Smurfs to save Smurfette and stop Gargamel again.

“The Smurfs 2” fails on so many levels it is incredible that a movie of this caliber was even made. The story is so predictable even kids, who is the main target audience by the way, will even figure out at the start. The acting is lame and stupid, and the new actors who lent their talent are wasted greatly. The music is just a pop soundtrack that kids will probably shut and be quiet for about an hour. The special effects are nothing too spectacular from the first Oh, don’t worry, we’ll get to why the first movie is somewhat better in a moment. Everything about the film just plain sucks.

But what ruins the movie is how stupid the flick is. The first one at least had a story, here it’s just a formulaic plot that kids might enjoy somewhat. The whole film is a mess from beginning to end. And while concept of Smurfette turning evil sounds like a pretty cool idea, and would probably emit to a cool twist at the end, the writers choose not to to do that and instead made the film an almost unwatchable mess.

Hank Azaria did an okay job as Gargamel like before, here it is sort of toned down a bit to be a bit more darker. Jonathan Winters and George Lopez, who voiced Papa and Grouchy Smurf respectively, did good jobs capturing their characters down. These were the only things that make the movie not throwing it away in the garbage can.

In conclusion, “The Smurfs 2” is a stupid mess of a movie. And with the recent death of Jonathan Winters, here’s hoping that another Smurfs movie does not go into production. If it does, then smurf me.