There are a couple of things to remember when watching a movie like The Smurfs
. One: rarely do films measure up to the cartoons of yesteryear; it would be unwise to expect such. Two: the phenomenon of interpersonal communication known as language will be compromised by excessive use of the word “Smurf” as both a noun and a verb, among other grammatical functions. It’s probably better to just go with it.
Scooby-Doo director Raja Gosnell appears to have adopted this philosophy -- that is, of not thinking too hard -- in the making of The Smurfs, along with the cast (Neil Patrick Harris in the role of an anxious, fledging businessman and Ja...