Expect to see Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn, Tom Colicchio and Joan Rivers wandering around the big city. In addition, there will be stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria as Gargamel.
Also the voices of SNL’s Fred Armisen and Kenan Thompson as Brainy Smurf and Greedy Smurf, Katy Perry as Smurfette, George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf and Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens as Jokey Smurf.
“The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation.” [EW]
“Four screenwriters are credited on The Smurfs; half of their work is plugging in one word.” [Tampabay.com]
"There are a handful of genuinely sweet scenes in Smurfs promptly undone by adult actors and filmmakers, who must believe that the little blue troublemakers couldn't maintain a film on their own." [USA TODAY]
"Even Neil Patrick Harris, who has proved he can save just about any sinking ship (see prime-time awards shows such as the Emmys or Tonys), cannot make this boat float." [Los Angeles Times]
"Smurfs are the Barneys of the fantasy world." [Dallas Morning News]
"The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation." [Entertainment Weekly]
“Now comes The Smurfs movie — directed by Raja Gosnell, the go-to hack for live-action adaptations of classic animated properties, and scripted by four automatons whose names suggest they may be part of the Witness Relocation Program—to nail the coffin shut, to remind us that there's no bigger bitch in life than nostalgia.” [Slant]
“We're treated to lines like: 'I think I just smurfed in my mouth,' 'Son of a smurf,' 'Where the smurf are we?' and 'Up smurf creek without a smurfing paddle' ... plus the immortal 'Smurf happens.' They even go so far as to make reference to the curious fertility of Papa Smurf (99 sons, one daughter, no visible wife). Those anticipating a blue movie won't be disappointed." [Guardian]
Are you going to join in the buzz this weekend? The childhood classic hits theaters Friday!