Paris has always been a city revered for its culture, fine art and sophistication but sadly, not even the sweeping cinematic shots of the city of light can save the Smurfs 2 from being anything more than bearable.

Although the world's favourite little blue creatures are still as adorable looking as ever, unfortunately what also hasn't changed is their ability to make you want to knock your head against the back of a cinema chair.

In 2011, the Smurfs managed to escape the clutches of the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) and now they are back on a quest save their beloved Smurfette voiced by the reliably irritating, Katy Perry.

Gargamel has been playing God again and has created some Smurf-like creatures called Naughties who he intends to use to harness the all-powerful Smurf essence but first, Gargamel needs Smurfette to tell him how to perform the spell that will turn his two creations into real Smurfs.

Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays return to help their beloved blue friends as the annoyingly perfect couple Patrick and Grace now complete with an annoyingly perfect child called you guessed it, Blue.

One of the biggest mistakes you could make before watching this film is to expect Harris to be half as funny as his character in How I Met Your Mother as he struggled to get even a mild chuckle from the audience throughout the full 103 minutes.

What does manage to provide some much needed comedic relief is the role played by Brendan Glesson who joins the cast as Harris' Irish step-father. Aside from the cringe-worthy Irish musical ditty that's played whenever he walks on screen, Gleeson’s presence is probably the best thing about this sickly sweet film and I would not be surprised if the only reason he was in it is due to losing some kind of bet.

The youngest in the audience will most likely find the Smurfs 2 enjoyable however anyone over eight will probably struggle to sit through the full thing.

So If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs at the Smurfs 2, I suggest trying to count the amount of times a character incorporates 'Smurf' into another word, sadly, this should keep you occupied right until the credits role.

Ruth Aravena

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