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[[caption-width-right:296:[[OverlyLongGag The smurfing film you've smurfed your smurfing smurf for.]]]]

A LiveActionAdaptation of the Belgian comicbook ''TheSmurfs'', released on July 29, 2011. The story focuses on six of the Smurfs (Papa, Smurfette, Brainy, Gutsy, Clumsy and Grouchy) who get transported via a magical portal to modern day New York City after the evil wizard Gargamel manages to finally locate their village. Once there, they run into a young couple, Patrick and Grace Winslow (Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and Creator/JaymaMays), who act as their SecretKeeper until they can figure out a way to return to their own world. Unfortunately, Gargamel and his cat Azrael have also managed to find their way through the portal, and his scheme of using the Smurfs' essence to make his magic dangerously powerful may come to fruition unless they can Smurf him back.

The film is notable not only for being a HumanFocusedAdaptation (though to a much lesser extent than you'd think from watching the previews), but also for containing some of the most brazen uses of ProductPlacement to date. It was intended to be the first in a trilogy of movies, with its first sequel released in [[Film/TheSmurfs2 2013]] and its second to be released in 2015. However, due to the performance of ''The Smurfs 2'', Sony decided to cancel the third movie and instead [[ContinuityReboot reboot the series]] as an all-CGI animated movie series with its next movie coming out in 2016.

The movie was released with ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol]]'' as part of the 3-disc DVD/Blu-Ray bundle.
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!!This film contains examples of:
* ThreeDMovie
* ActionGirl: Smurfette is mostly {{the chick}} as usual, but gets an impressive solo action scene against Azrael.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: While not much of a difference due to prosthetics and makeup, Gargamel as played by Creator/HankAzaria has a full set of teeth compared to his comic book and animated counterparts.
* {{Aesop}}: Whole scads of them, delivered deadpan and with extra application of [[{{Anvilicious}} anvils]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version uses [[Music/HeySayJump Hey! Say! JUMP]]'s “[[http://www.jukebo.com/hey-say-jump/music-clip,magic-power,qzxv5p.html Magic Power]]” as its theme song.
* AndThisIsFor: As the Smurfs escape the Anjelou box upon discovery, knocking Patrick to the ground, Grouchy says “This is for Clumsy!” right before kicking him in the face.
* AscendedMeme: There was a well-known commercial image of the Smurf village being devastated by war. What's the first thing Gargamel does when he follows Clumsy and finds it for himself?
* BadassGrandpa: Papa Smurf, considering [[Creator/JonathanWinters he’s]] voiced by [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Grandpa Smurf]].
* BadToTheBone: Music/{{ACDC}}'s "Back In Black" plays when Patrick Winslow and the Smurfs pay a visit to Belvedere Castle to free Papa Smurf from Gargamel.
* TheBechdelTest: Passes easily with the conversations between Smurfette and Grace.
* BehindTheBlack: When Gargamel's at Riker Island, he noticed the moth he ordered to bring giant eagles to bail him out coming back . . . only for him to ''finally'' notice the huge swarm of flies when they appear on screen.
* BeYourself: Parodied, as the Smurfs are named after their salient trait, meaning that telling Clumsy to [[BeYourself be himself]] has a tendency to backfire. That said, he does find his heroism by the end.
* BigApplesauce: In all its [[ProductPlacement media-saturated]] glory. The end credits even show the Smurfs bringing it back with them though to be honest, the fact that [[spoiler:Gargamel found their village and leveled it would make rebuilding necessary]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Invoked when all the Smurfs show up to fight Gargamel and rescue Papa -- though he turns out, in the end, to be more than a match for them with his super-powered wand. [[spoiler: Luckily, Gutsy and Clumsy manage to get the wand from him]].
* [[GreenThumb Blue Thumb]]: Clumsy and the others turn a simple window planter into a blooming flower garden literally overnight.
* BraveScot: Gutsy's character is basically this.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Besides Narrator? Well, when Grouchy sees the stuffed green M&M plushie, he wiggles his eyebrows at the audience.
** [[spoiler:Gargamel does this at the end of the movie]].
* BrokenAesop: Apparently Smurfette's independence as a person means no longer settling for [[LimitedWardrobe a single outfit]] and wholeheartedly embracing consumerism.
* BuffySpeak: Clumsy calls the toilet brush Grace is holding “giant, spikey thing.”
** After Azrael gets [[{{pun}} sucked]] into the leaf blower, Gargamel exclaims “. . . get out of my suck-a-ma-jig!”
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: The Smurfs are rehearsing one at the beginning, and Brainy colliding into the first row even leads to the infamous domino-pool-dive effect.
* ButtMonkey: Gargamel and Azrael both get a lot of comedic, basically-harmless injuries.
** Brainy as well.
* CanonForeigner: If counting either the [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs comic books]] or the [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs cartoon show]] as canon, Gutsy, Crazy, and Narrator are prime examples.
* CardboardPrison: It's hard to blame the folks at Riker's for this one, as they didn't anticipate that Gargamel could just... [[IncrediblyLamePun fly out]].
* TheCameo: Joan Rivers and gossip columnist Liz Smith at Odile's promotional party. Also Tim Gunn from ''ProjectRunway'', playing the character of Henri.
** Lazy makes a silent cameo laying on the bench behind Narrator when Clumsy passes him.
* CatsAreMean: Azrael
* CatsAreSnarkers: Azrael snarks in meows.
* TheCavalry: Brought by [[spoiler:Brainy]] after opening the portal back to Smurfland.
* CelebrityParadox: Zig-zagged. Patrick has never heard of the Smurfs when he meets them, but a little research shows that Peyo ''did'' exist, although in this universe he claims Smurfs were mythical creatures rather than his own inventions. They even find a book of Peyo comics, which turns out to be important to the plot.
* [[ChainOfPeople Chain of Smurfs]] Brainy, Papa, Gutsy, Grouchy and Smurfette do this in order to save Clumsy from falling off the cliff at the Forbidden Falls.
* ChekhovsGun: The leaf blower.
** That flying contraption Gutsy was playing with in Patrick’s office.
* ClusterFBomb: Parodied.
--> '''''Patrick:''''' Smurf! Smurfity smurf smurf smurf!
--> (''the Smurfs gasp'')
--> '''''Gutsy:''''' There's no need for ''that'' kind of language, laddie!
* CommanderContrarian: Zig-zagged with Grouchy.
* CompanionCube: The green M&M plushie becomes this for Grouchy.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Yep, the comic Smurfs are shown moving and not to mention an animated Smurf wearing 3D glass appears for a second.
* DontThinkFeel: Played with -- Patrick's boss Odile demands that he give her "what I want, not what I ask for." This dilemma drives him to distraction until [[OnceInABlueMoon he gets an inspiration]] for his ad campaign from the Smurfs... and then gives it up for the safe bet, only to have [[spoiler:Clumsy send the "wrong" ad by mistake -- which turns out to be a smashing success, but only after Brainy turns the moon blue with the portal opening spell]].
* DreamWorksFace: Gutsy Smurf is a prime example of this.
* EvilIsHammy: Gargamel.
* EvilLaugh: Yeah, but don't milk it...
* EvilSorcerer: Gargamel.
* {{Fainting}}: Odile’s mother after she sees herself as a young woman again when Gargamel uses Smurf essence on her.
* FatAndProud: Greedy Smurf, who looks like he's put on a few grams.
* FictionalHoliday: The Blue Moon Festival, which takes place on the night of a blue moon.
* FiveManBand, with each role conveniently {{Lampshaded}} by their names.
** TheHero: Clumsy, in a case of deliberate and {{Lampshaded}} irony.
** TheLancer: Grouchy
** TheBigGuy: Gutsy
** TheSmartGuy: Brainy
** TheChick: Smurfette, {{subverted}} by her solo action scene.
** TeamDad: Papa Smurf
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After pouring the remaining Smurf essence from the ring and into the dragon wand.
-->'''''Gargamel:''''' That’s just plain [[Film/TheSmurfs2 naughty]].
* FountainOfYouth: What Smurf essence is when it was used on Odile's mother, which makes Odile want to get her hands on it.
* FourFingeredHands: As usual, the Smurfs, which results in Grace giving a high-five and Smurfette returning with a high-four.
* FunWithFlushing: Clumsy Smurf almost gets flushed down the toilet, but is saved by being stuck inside a wad of wet toilet paper.
* GettingTheBoot: Brainy, after he laughs at Gutsy and Grouchy being the victim of Clumsy's OffhandBackhand.
** He also gets booted off the stage while playing with his band, the Brainiacs, but he doesn't mind it at that point.
* [[GoodbyeCruelWorld Goodbye Blue World]]: Said by Brainy when Gutsy kicks him off the window sill of the Winslows' apartment.
* GRatedDrug: Grouchy has a scene in which he overindulges in M&M's (blue, of course), leading to {{in vino veritas}}.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: The Smurfs take refuge with a husband and wife in New York after being teleported there, and must help them resolve their problems in order to get back home.
** Note, however, that the humans (excluding Gargamel) don't turn up until quite some time into the film, and the focus is arguably more on the CharacterDevelopment of the ''Smurfs'' than the humans, making this almost an inversion.
* HotbloodedSideburns: Gutsy of all the young Smurfs his age wears these.
* IAteWhat: Grouchy ends up eating the blue M&Ms that he thinks are "[[RoadApples Smurf droppings]].”
** Earlier on, Clumsy mistakes liquid soap for something edible and tries it out, only to not like the taste of it before he burps out a bubble.
* IfYouCanReadThis: During the scene when Grouchy and Gutsy prevent Clumsy from entering the Full Moon Festival rehearsal, Gutsy hold the clipboard that shows “Do NOT let in Clumsy” in red.
** The two texts Patrick receives from Odile after he sees the wrong ad taking over every billboard.
** One page with the musical notes of the book the Smurfs are looking at reads “La marche des Schtroumpfs.”
* ImprobableWeaponUser / AbnormalAmmo: The Smurfs make use of golf balls, bowling balls, [[RazorApples needle-laden fruit]] and lipstick when forced to fight.
* ImprovisedParachute: The Smurfs use their own hats as parachutes.
* IncessantMusicMadness: Patrick Winslow’s driven crazy by the Smurfs constantly singing their theme tune.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Gargamel, mostly. Until he gets his hands on Smurf Essence, that is.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Jokey before trying to give Clumsy a “present.”
--> “What do you get when you cross a Smurf with a cow? Blue cheese!”
* InsistentTerminology: It's not a ''hole'', it's a ''vortex''. Or possibly a portal.
* InteractiveNarrator: Narrator Smurf is a character, and this is his job. Mixes with {{left the background music on}} when the opening narration turns out to be done by him in the scene, as part of him rehearsing for the Blue Moon Festival.
* InVinoVeritas: Grouchy's "candid" conversation with a green M&M plushie in a toy store.
* InvisibilityCloak: Smurf Village has a magic barrier that renders the entire place invisible to anyone outside it.
* IronicEcho: "Are you dead?"
* {{Irony}}: Both parents of Music/KatyPerry, the [[CelebrityVoiceActor voice]] of Smurfette, were highly conservative pastors that didn’t allow their children to watch [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the 1980s animated series]], considering it to not be good for her and her siblings.
* JerkassFacade: Grouchy admits (to a plushie) that he only puts on a gruff exterior because he's afraid of getting hurt.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For all his gruff exterior, Grouchy apparently just wants to be loved to -- see {{in vino veritas}} above.
* LargeHam: Gargamel is not a character that lends himself to subtlety.
* LetsGetDangerous: Creator/NeilPatrickHarris has a crowbar. Your argument is invalid.
* LittleGirlsKickShins: A little girl in FAO Schwarz kicks Patrick Winslow when she sees him take her "[[labelnote:toy]]actually Clumsy[[/labelnote]]" away.
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Patrick Winslow introduces the time-traveling Smurfs to a little something called GuitarHero. They even bring the music style back to their own time and Brainy forms his own band called the Brainiacs.
* MageInManhattan: Gargamel.
* MarilynManeuver: Executed by Smurfette, to the apparent admiration of the other Smurfs -- except Gutsy, who proceeds to do the same with his kilt, to considerably less admiration.
* MeaningfulEcho: Living in a larger home means you can be further apart...
* MeaningfulName: All the Smurfs' names are this by definition. {{Lampshaded}} when the humans ask about it.
-->'''''Patrick:''''' And you're all named after your personalities? Do you get your names when you're born or after you've exhibited certain traits?
--> '''''The Smurfs:''''' [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes]].
* MeaningfulRename: Papa Smurf refers to Patrick as 'Papa' at the end, to show that he believes Patrick will be just as good a dad as he is.
* [[MissedHimByThatMuch Missed The Smurfs By That Much]]: While frantically looking for the Smurfs loose in the toy store, a stuffed bear being pushed by Papa and Brainy passes behind Grace, though she does [[LookBehindYou look behind her]], she still misses them.
* MundaneObjectAmazement: "Oooooh . . . Website/{{Google}} . . ."
* MythologyGag: Quite a number of them.
** Gargamel finds, to his surprise, that Azrael is a male. This references the fact that in the former comics, Azrael was a female cat until the TV series made Azrael a male [[RetCanon and later comics followed suit]].
** There's also the part when Gargamel refers to the Smurf Village as "The Cursed Land," its original name, as a derogatory.
** Late in the movie, [[EarNotch Azrael's ear is damaged]], making him look a little more like his comic/cartoon counterpart.
** It should be noted that five of the Smurfs who were present in the Season 9 time-travel episodes (Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and Grouchy) are also the ones who get transported to modern-day New York City. And yes, Jonathan Winters also had a role (as Grandpa Smurf) in the same episodes.
** By the way, how many Smurfs does it take in the cartoon show to make gold?[[labelnote:answer]]Six.[[/labelnote]] That's how many became the main stars of this film. And that's how many Gargamel was originally chasing after in New York City, albeit for a different purpose.
** The Smurfs have called Papa Smurf "Papa" before in the cartoon albeit '''''very''''' rarely unlike here.
** Gutsy tells Gargamel "You've had that coming for about 30 years" when he gets knocked over by the taxi that stops in front of him....a possible reference to the fact that Hanna-Barbera's ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon show first came on the air in 1981.
** Gargamel threatened to shave off Papa Smurf's beard with a razor before in the cartoon show episode "Hefty's Heart". Here he only shaves a small bit of it off so he could have enough Smurf essence for his dragon wand.
* NiceHat: The Phrygian cap style hats of the Smurfs serve as parachutes that slow their descent as they drop from the Winslows' apartment window to a nearby taxicab.
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Smurfing It, Hero]]: Clumsy breaks Papa’s promise of staying in the village and instead looks for smurf roots, thus having Gargamel spot him and discover Smurf Village.
* NobodyPoops: Grouchy mistakes a candy dish of blue M&Ms in a toy store for "Smurf droppings.” [[GRatedDrug Then eats them]].
** Gargamel mistakes a champagne bottle cooler for a chamber pot and proceeds to urinates in it at a restaurant in the middle of the movie.
* [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed NO DIGITAL CAT WAS HARMED]]: IN THE MAKING OF THIS PICTURE.
* NoExceptYes: Gargamel isn't obsessed with the Smurfs, he just "can't stop thinking about them.”
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: After [[spoiler:Papa Smurf]] gets captured, the rest of the party goes back to rescue him, against his orders.
* {{Novelization}}: Yep.
* OffhandBackHand: Watch out for Clumsy's hands when he gets excited. Better yet, don’t be either Gutsy or Grouchy.
* OnceInABlueMoon: The Blue Moon Festival takes place at every blue moon, which is when Papa Smurf is able to see into the future to tell what it may hold for his little Smurfs. It also causes a portal within a waterfall to open that transports whoever enters it through time and space. The image becomes an inspiration for Patrick Winslow's latest ad campaign.
* TheOner: Over a full minute of nonstop camera tracking is used at the beginning to when the scene cuts to the birds dropping off the pouch full of smurfberries and Greedy saying “Hey! The blue ones are mine!”
* OwMyBodyPart: Papa Smurf goes "Oh, my hip!" when he and his little Smurfs land on the roof of the taxicab.
* PapaWolf: Papa Smurf is the most obvious example, but Patrick has his moments as well.
* ParentalBonus:
** [[KatyPerry "I kissed a Smurf and I liked it?"]]
** It's unlikely that young children will get the joke of Smurfette mistaking a rack of [[LosingYourHead doll heads]] for [[OffWithHisHead actual heads]] displayed on spikes as an act of valid punishment in whatever time period Peyo's books are meant to be set in.
*** Even earlier, when Gargamel’s at dinner, he picks up a knife and says “. . . spikes to [[DeadGuyOnDisplay mount their heads on]].”
* ParentheticalSwearing: "Smurf" is often used in place of... other words.
* PortalPool: How the Smurfs get from the medieval forest to modern-day New York City.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Gargamel's magic is empowered by "Smurf essence", which he extracts from them in the form of hair clippings, sweat, tears, and the like.
* ProductPlacement: So blatant and constant that it approaches a sublime art form all by itself.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] as well [[http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2011/07/the_smurfs_review.html when competing products are involved]].
--->'''''Flick Filospher:''''' The cleverness of ''The Smurfs'' never ceases to astonish! Gosnell plays with product placement, launching an extended sequence set in the famous toy store FAO Schwarz with a chase set in the plaza outside . . . while at the same time completely avoiding getting even the tiniest sliver of a shot of the dramatic glass-cube Apple store situated in that very plaza. (By spectacular contrast, Sony computers litter the film.)
* PropheticFallacy: Clumsy interrupts Papa Smurf's attempt to foresee the outcome of the Blue Moon Festival, so he misses a crucial part of the prophecy and spends most of the film trying to keep Clumsy out of trouble, which naturally triggers the plot.
* ReactiveContinuousScream: It starts with Grace Winslow screaming at Clumsy emerging from the wad of wet toilet paper, who then screams at Grace, and then Patrick Winslow screams at the Smurfs that he finds inside the Anjelou box who then scream at Patrick.
* RecursiveCanon: The original ''Smurfs'' comic book in our world proves to be Peyo's in-universe document of their existence, and the Smurfs try to find it because it contains the spell that can return them to their world.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Papa Smurf -- five hundred and forty-six, to be precise.
* RichBitch: Patrick's boss.
* RightHandCat: Azrael, obviously.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: The little log that leads to the bigger one knocking Gargamel into a Smurf’s house that has Azrael trapped inside.
* SecretKeeper: Patrick and Grace Winslow have to hide the presence of the Smurfs in New York because, well, who would believe them?
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Subverted without apparent irony -- yes, Smurfette is the only female Smurf, but the ''human'' cast has both a [[WomenAreWiser down-to-earth female]] and a domineering lady boss. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as well whereas Gargamel created Smurfette in order to entrap the all-male Smurfs, but she did a {{heel face turn}} and joined them.
* [[ManInAKilt Smurf In A Kilt]]: Gutsy. For laughs, he is clearly wearing Smurf pants underneath, but the other Smurfs react as if he is "nae trews." He concludes the film with some “I ♥ [=NY=]” underpants.
* {{Smurfing}}: Variously played straight, parodied and lampshaded.
-->'''''Patrick:''''' . . . and you like to use the extremely imprecise term 'smurf' for just about everything.
* [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Smurfs Out of Temporal Water]]: The pastoral, communal Smurfs are dumped in 2010 New York City, and HilarityEnsues, especially after Gargamel joins the fray.
* SoProudOfYou: Papa Smurf shows this to [[spoiler:Clumsy]] near the end of the movie.
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Azrael is a {{nearly normal animal}}, but he borders on {{speech impaired animal}} in the scene when he tries to say "Are you dead?"
* StatueOfLiberty: A Smurf version of the statue appears in the remodeled Smurf Village during the end credits.
* SummonMagic: Parodied. Gargamel tries for eagles and instead gets a swarm of flies. But hey, as long as he got something . . .
* TemptingFate: After they discover their in a new place, Brainy mentions that both Gargamel and Azrael aren’t following them. Cue Azrael.
* ThemeTuneCameo: They even sing it to the beat of the Main/RunDMC remix of Main/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Walk This Way".
* TotallyRadical: Papa Smurf wearing Wayfarer sunglasses on the poster? Check. Smurfette turned into a shopaholic ditz right out of ''SexAndTheCity''? Check. Smurfs ''rapping''? Kill us.
* UnexplainedAccent: Why does Gutsy speak in a Scottish accent? Probably same reason why Vanity speaks in a refined upper-class English accent in this movie.
** Clumsy, on the other hand subverts the trope, at least compared to the cartoon; in the cartoon he spoke in a Southern accent, but in this movie he doesn't.
* VagueAge: Other than Papa, none of the Smurfs are given explicit ages, and their varied behavior lends itself to a whole range of interpretations.
* WaitHere: The rest of the Smurfs to Clumsy, twice. The second time, he actually ''does'' stay behind, which allows him to initiate the [[spoiler:NoOneGetsLeftBehind, as Papa had made them all promise not to go back for him -- but Clumsy, who wasn't there at the time, never promised anything.]]
* WatchOutForThatTree: Grouchy tries to warn the bird he’s riding back to the Winslow’s apartment to watch out for the basket of fruit before crashing.
* WeaponsThatSuck: Gargamel uses a leaf blower for capturing Smurfs when he chases after them in [=FAO=] Schwarz.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Smurfs can apparently live to almost 600 and still be sprightly and active.
* WelcomeToTheRealWorld: Well, the modern world thinks they're fictional, thanks to {{recursive canon}} at work where Peyo portrays them more as a historical legend than his own cartoon creation.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At one point Odile makes a deal with Gargamel to help him in exchange for his {{fountain of youth}} potion, but nothing comes of this.
** . . . [[FridgeBrilliance Because when he tells her he needs Smurfs, she thinks he's nuts]].
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Brainy gets this sort of lecture from Papa when it falls to him to decipher the portal spell.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Papa Smurf]], to save the other Smurfs from Gargamel, leading to {{no one gets left behind}}.

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