A group of overlit, malformed, and oppressively upbeat FAO Schwarz factory rejects leave Uglytown for the Big World, an alternate universe populated by winsome, acromegalic Tootsie Pops who cringe at the very sight of them. In a word, fugly. Combine the suppleness of character detail often associated with a Cricket Wireless commercial with the visual humdrum of a packed sock drawer, and it still wouldn’t be as inert as this. How is it that director Kelly Asbury, blessed with the wherewithal to texturize pixels to the point where characters look like finely-detailed terry cloth, still lacks the imagination needed to put the technology to good use? The Baby Lloyd Webber “spoken singing” score could be the most repugnant ever assigned a cartoon, and I’ve logged all 3 Smurf movies. If your child demands that you see it through to the end with them, no one would would think twice if you were to sue for parent abuse. 2019.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

4:00pm

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

4:30pm, 9:40pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

5:35pm, 8:25pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

4:40pm

Thursday, May 23

12:15pm, 2:25pm, 4:40pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Thursday, May 23

9:55am

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

3:45pm, 9:20pm

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

Thursday, May 23

11:20am

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Thursday, May 23

11:00am

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

4:50pm, 7:10pm

Thursday, May 23

12:10pm, 2:30pm, 4:50pm

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

3:45pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, May 23

11:35am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

3:15pm

Thursday, May 23

12:55pm, 3:15pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

3:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:25pm

Thursday, May 23

10:30am, 12:40pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:25pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

4:30pm

Thursday, May 23

12:15pm, 4:30pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

2:40pm, 4:50pm

Thursday, May 23

12:30pm, 2:40pm, 4:50pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

3:45pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

Wednesday, May 22

3:00pm

Thursday, May 23

10:00am, 3:00pm

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