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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Smurfs 2 (sequel to 2011's The Smurfs) is packed with pratfalls and comic violence, but no one is ever seriously hurt, and the moments of peril won't feel very scary, even to most young kids. There's lots of mischief, and Gargamel is a big comic meanie, as usual, though his treatment of his child-like creations the Naughties feels pretty cruel at times. Expect some inherent sexism in the damsel-in-distress storyline and some brief ogling of Smurfette and Vexy, especially when Vexy sings a slightly suggestive song ("Ooh La La") at the end of the movie. And, of course, no Smurf movie would be complete without fake swearing using the word "smurf" in the place of stronger words ("holy smurf," "son of a smurf," etc.), plus some jokes about farts and someone being injured in the "smurfberries."
  • Families can talk about The Smurfs 2's message about family. What kinds of families are presented in this movie? How has the definition of family changed over the years? Do you think it will continue to change?
  • Why do you think Smurfette is the one who needs rescuing? Would the movie have worked as well if it was a different Smurf who needed help? Can you think of any other movies where the female character is rescued by male characters? What message does that kind of plot send about male and female relationships and abilities?
  • Did any of the violence seem scary to you? Did you ever think Gargamel would succeed with his plan?
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