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Episode 16 — The Smurfs


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Posted 08 August 2011 - 11:01 PM

The Smurfs is a movie about an ad executive who is struggling with a pregnant girlfriend and a big assignment at work. Am I missing anything? Paul F. Tompkins joins the gang to discuss this kid's movie and its many flaws: The unnecessarily complicated language, the blatant animal abuse, the awkward casting of Tim Gunn, even the terrible trailers are up for judgment. We introduce the first ever Second Opinions segment, and as always close it up with You've Got Mail. If you've got a child's heart, or had to drag your children to see this movie, you'll enjoy this episode!



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 12:15 AM

The second opinions part is fantastic and really appeals to my child brain and heart, but not if I had a child, and maybe I didn't like it.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 01:09 AM

I thought this was super funny. Thanks for making this podcast.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 01:58 AM

I loved the new Second Opinions segment. I also really enjoyed hearing about the two Pauls' solitary theater experiences.

Thanks for seeing what sounds like a clustersmurf of a movie so I didn't have to.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 04:04 AM

Was glad to hear about Paul Scheer talk about taking a notepad into the theatre, I've sometimes done the same when I've gone to see a movie on my own.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 04:47 AM

I could use actors talking about their roles in every episode. Most of it is inane babble that covers their shame of settling for unsatisfying work...



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 05:50 AM

Thanks, guys, I've been looking forward to a PFT appearance on this program.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:49 AM

I know logistics can make it difficult for folks to block out more than an hour, but I've gotten the feeling that the show is getting rushed. If it isn't clear, listeners would love an hour and a half, or at least an hour of the gang talking about the movie. Especially with podcast veterans like PFT, who are skilled at the long form.

Otherwise, great episode; the Smurfs sounds like an awful deconstruction of modern ennui.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:01 AM

This podcast was great, but thinking about how much money this movie's making is depressing. I don't care that Hollywood keeps updating old cartoons; I just wish they didn't look so terrible. I feel bad for kids.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 08:53 AM

Love this podcast! In the spirit of Brainy Smurf, the actress's name is Jayma MAYS. You all said Jayma Mills like smurfzillion times.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 10:46 AM

http://www.hollywood...aug-2013-220908

Let's lobby to get Paul and Paul in the Smurfquel! Now if you'd excuse me, I'm going to go shoot myself in the foot.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 01:27 PM

I thought this podcast might be one of the less funny ones because of the movie chosen but it ended up being one of my favorite ones thus far. Great job guys.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 04:32 PM

God help me, I love Tim Gunn, but the portion of the podcast where the gang all talks about Tim Gunn's horrible performance made me laugh until I cried. The mental picture of him getting peanut butter smeared on his gums will never leave my mind.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:08 PM

Wow- great episode! I thought the animal might steal the movie like the previous one but it was just too over the top, maybe even more so than Azaria...I shudder to think what seeds those scenes where the cat gets abused has planted in the little heads that are viewing this...Did you mention the use of "Back in Black" for the showdown scene when the Smurfs imitate NPH's little neck cracking?
I enjoy your show so much but always get a little depressed afterwards about how Mencken's famous line is still so true ("No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.") as shown by some of those, er, positive reviews you read...and this POS is getting a sequel??



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:37 PM

i really want to see the smurfs after listening to the podcast. it sounds like it has cult classic potential.



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Posted 09 August 2011 - 08:26 PM

This movie must've been really bad, because the hosts actually glossed over stuff that would be considered insane in a normal movie.



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Posted 11 August 2011 - 12:41 AM

Completely irrelevant to your audience. WTF guys?



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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:05 AM

I listen to the podcast every week. Without knowing it was next, I saw The Smurfs on opening weekend with the idea that it would be horrible. This renders the last post invalid.



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Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:23 AM

Do you guys believe NPH should have had a Smurfbortion?

Hey, here's a fun game. Every time a smurf has a long monologue, yell out "The Aristocrats!" at the end.



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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:56 PM

Guys, sorry to be a nerd but.... JAYMA MAYS. Her name is JAYMA MAYS. Not Jyma Mills. Who is Jyma Mills? Does she have her own maple syrup? What was weird was that everyone was so certain that her name was Jyma Mills that you must have called her that 100 times. At least the error was very consistent. Poor girl. She's done some stuff, right? Jayma Mays. No one caught it and it drove me crazy.

But everything else is pretty accurate. Horrible Smurfing movie.