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(2011), PG [PG*] (95.75min)

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December 25, 2011
December 25, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG [PG*] ... first venture of the Smurfs to the big screen

Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Raja Gosnell
Producer(s): Jordan Kerner, Ezra Swerdlow, BenHaber, Paul Neesan, Veronique Culliford, Handrik Coysman, Ben Haber
Screenplay by: J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Story by: J. David Stem, David N. Weiss
Based on the Characters and Works of Peyo
Cinematography/Camera: Phil Méheux
Music: Hector Pereira
Film Editing: Sabrina Plisco
Casting: David Rubin, Richard Hicks
Production Design: Bill Boes
Art Direction: Chris Shriver, Christian Wintter
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

In this first venture of the Smurfs to the big screen, Clumsy (Anton Yelchin) defies Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters) and searches for smurfroot too close to the castle of the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Once discovered by Gargamel and his familiar, the cat Azrael (Mr. Krinkle), in a panic Clumsy leads Garamel to the Smurf village which resides behind an invisibility shield. Once through the shield, since Gargamel is monstrous in comparison to the Smurfs, he reeks havoc to the village homes.

The Smurfs are preparing for a Blue Moon Festival when Papa Smurf has a vision of danger for Clumsy and others. In trying to find the right spell to get and keep Gargamel out of the village, six of the Smurfs are inadvertently transported by a vortex through a waterfall to New York City where they are united with cosmetics marketing executive Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris) and his pregnant wife Grace (Jayma Mays). The six Smurfs are focused on finding a stargazer (a telescope) so Papa Smurf could predict when the next Blue Moon would appear so he could find the right spell to transport the Smurfs trapped in New York back to their village.

A factoid: Neil Patrick Harris is a self proclaimed practitioner of homosexuality. Thus it is no surprise that in the rolling credits one of the Smurfs would repeatedly be stereotypically made to look like Elton John another self-proclaimed practitioner of homosexuality. And as invisible as the Smurf village is the choice of Alan Cumming to also be a practitioner of homosexuality. Though the intended audience of films like The Smurfs are typically unawares of such matters, especially since practicing homosexuality has no bearing on the performer talents of the practitioner, the truth deserves to be known so you may have enough information to make an informed moral decision about your cinematic support. Yes, I said "choice." Every single non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions. No debate.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 55 out of 100
Violence/crime in this film comes in a variety of forms: talk of killing, chasing to capture/kill, kicking, breaking and entering, kidnapping and action violence repeatedly. Violence and the violent nature of crime can plant aberrant behavioral choices in the observer. God knew this when He "published", among many other verses admonishing us against the influence of violence, Proverb 16:29 in the Bible which warns us that violence can be "catching" and can lead one down a path that is not good. Hundreds of years after God warned us about violence, man published warnings against violence by four professional public health agencies trying to warn us that viewing violence in and as entertainment can lead to real life violence, especially among youth. The public health agencies also published that viewing violence can lead the observer to believe violence is an acceptable means of settling conflict. Yes, the filmmakers are culpable for implanting violent behavioral choices in observers but so are we culpable who embrace violence in and as entertainment. Violence is not a toy to bandy about as if it is innocuous.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 62 out of 100
Only one term of profanity was noted in the entire 95.75 minutes of the show, but repeatedly the term "Smurf" was used to replace terms in well-known crude expressions, causing the point of the expression to form in the observer's minds which, in turn, is as sinful as if the actual term is used. Masking profane language does not excuse the sin of using the profane terms since what is communicated is what is sinful as much as use of the actual terms. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29]

Other matters of impudence and/or hatred were noted such as a lie, adolescent assault of an adult, a crude term and a tantrum.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 93 out of 100
The only matters applicable to this content investigation area are Azrael licking its privates and Smurfette in a satire of Marilyn Monroe's dress blowing upward by an air blast. [Eph. 5:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
Only one display of an alcoholic beverage was noted. No consumption of it was noted nor were any possession or consumption of illegal drugs nor abuse of prescription drugs noted. Neither was any tobacco noted.

Offense to God (O) - 23 out of 100
As with terms of profanity, "Smurf" was also used to replace God's name in blasphemous expressions. Also in terms of blasphemy were two abuses of God's name. [Deut. 5:11] In addition to the blasphemy are multiple displays of evil "magic" to do harm and/or to control others. See the listing in the Findings section for more.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No form of murder or suicide or even references to them wee noted.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Smurfs (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 55 out of 100
  • double kick to posterior in revenge
  • "mild" action violence, repeatedly
  • chases to kill and/or capture, repeatedly
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering
  • talk of killing
  • kidnapping of star character

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 62 out of 100
  • use of "Smurf" in place of profane or sexual term in well-known expressions, repeatedly
  • lie
  • adolescent assault of adult
  • crude term
  • one use of profanity

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 93 out of 100
  • cat licking privates
  • Smurfette in Marilyn Monroe satire of dress blowing upward with comments from others

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
  • booze

    Offense to God (O) - 23 out of 100
  • wizard/wizardry, repeatedly
  • lust for greater evil power
  • future visions
  • use of "Smurf" in place of God in well known three syllable sentence with His name trailing it
  • two uses of God's name in vain
  • "magic" to take 20 years off a woman
  • reference to "the gods" three times
  • calling another "fool" twice
  • astrology, repeatedly
  • evil control of insects
  • evil magic to break and enter
  • evil magic to project confining bolts
  • evil magic to do harm and control others

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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