"The Smurfs 2" debuted in theaters across the nation this week with a new round of animated shenanigans.
In this sequel, the evil sorcerer, Gargamel, kidnaps Smurfette to gain access to a spell that would transform his newest creations -- the Naughties -- into Smurfs.
"If crude behavior cheerfully accumulated on top of nice messages in the first movie, the opposite feels true in the second," Plugged In Online film critic Paul Asay writes.
"'The Smurfs 2" piles up nice messages on top of some crude behavior, offering strong and, at times, surprisingly moving ruminations on the meaning of family," he said. "It tells us that Smurfs love one another unconditionally -- and that we should too.
Bob Waliszewski, director of Plugged In Online, reviewed "the Smurfs 2" as well as the comedy "Red 2" on CBN News Channel Morning News, Aug. 2.