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Review: 'The Smurfs 2' lives up to predecessor's mediocre standards
Review: 'The Smurfs 2' lives up to predecessor's mediocre standards

Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel — no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new "The Smurfs 2" is a passable mediocrity. Again mixing live-action with computer animation, the story this time revolves around the bad wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has been performing as a magician in modern-day Paris, kidnapping Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) as part of a plan to bring about "Smurf-A-Geddon." He is aided by two of his own creations, "the Naughties" known as Vexy and Hackus (voiced by...

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