My kids and I rarely visit the Westside of Los Angeles. Traffic and rampant Bruins make it less-than-desirable for us. Last Sunday, we were noticeably blue because we got invited to Sony Pictures’ blue carpet premiere of The Smurfs 2! My kids didn’t grow up on the Smurfs like I did, but we loved the first movie and were thrilled to see the sequel!
We grabbed Lauren’s friend and set off on an adventure!
Within a block from the parking lot, you saw Men In Black positioned at key positions along barricaded streets. According to my friend, with Katy Perry and Britney Spears attending, the security detail was going to be a clusterfoccacia! The first sign that we’d arrived at a premiere, not an alien invasion, was a huge Smurf melting in reverse positioned for his shining moment at the head of the blue carpet.
The street was a sea of blue laid with Smurfing custom cars,
and a Smurfing tiered cake.
Fans and paparazzi were already lined up warming up their flashes or their voices.
I yelled to my friend and, after making eye contact, started to move towards her. The security twitched in my direction ready to pounce. Seriously, do we look like we will body slam people to get pictures with them?
We waited to see celebrities inside the lobby. On the carpet, stars were moved along, but once inside, they had a moment to relax before entering the theatre. For my son and myself, the highlight was seeing various personalities and meeting a super polite kid who stars in one of my kids’ favorite shows!
For the girls, tchotchkies, ushers with bottomless boxes of treats, a Smurfing Happy Meal with 2 toys plus chocolate milk was more valuable than free-flowing champagne. Then came the Staff lanyards! With the power of executives flowing through them, the youngsters could stand in the lobby where they wanted, ignore the wishes of security, and walk the blue carpet!