New in Home Entertainment – December 3, 2013

New in Home Entertainment

December 3, 2013

Rated PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Ashton Kutcher stars as the infamous Steve Jobs as he goes from building computers in his garage to starting Apple.  Glossing over some of the most important parts of his life, the script has holes where it can’t afford them.  And while Kutcher and Josh Gad are decent enough as Jobs and Wozniak, the film plays like a movie of the week rather than a big-budget theatrical.  C

The Smurfs 2
Rated PG for some rude humor and action
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D

The little blue creatures are back as they go to Paris to rescue Smurfette after she has been taken by Gargamel.  While not nearly as terrible as the first Smurfs outing, this new one isn’t all that great either.  It passed the kid test in that my toddler loved it, and the humor was slightly more sophisticated than I expected, but the writing and plot were both lame,  unoriginal and frankly uninteresting.  So if you’re merely looking for a ninety minute baby sitter then I guess you’ll be in luck.  Any more than that expectation and you should be able to accurately predict a smurfing let-down.  C-