Movie Review for #TheHappyTimesMurders

The Happytime Murders
Director: Brian Henson
WritersTodd Berger (screenplay by), Todd Berger & Dee Austin Robertson (story by)
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph
MPAA Rating: R
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When the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

There's no other word to describe this movie with than odd. Yes, it had a plot, its funny moments, the silliness of puppets living with humans (reminded me of the world of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" but with Muppets instead of cartoons), but it is definitely odd. The poster for it you see above describes the movie very well.

Growing up watching Sesame Street and The Muppets Show (as many of us from the 80s did), I want to watch anything with the Muppets in it (I've seen most of the movies that have been done with them, if not all), so I was curious to watch this one. I saw the trailer before going into the movie and decided I'd maintain a neutral opinion about it until I watched the actual movie. I won't lie, it was better than I thought it would be. Will I tell you to rush to the theaters to go see it? No. If you do, should you take your kids to see like all the other Muppet movies? Um, take another look at the poster, read all the signs and things that are being shown and you will be in agreement with me that the answer is HELL NO. It's a very adult movie, so make sure to leave the little ones with a babysitter if you want to go see this movie.

The plot of the movie also reminded me of Roger Rabbit because, as the title of the movie implies, there are a few murders of puppets. The cast of a kids show from the 80s, "The Happytimes", start getting murdered one by one and it's up to Phil Phillips (the blue Muppet with Melissa McCarthy in the poster) ends up getting accused of them (as I said, reminiscent of Roger Rabbit), so now he and Melissa McCarthy's character, Detective Edwards, are out to solve the murders while clearing his name.

What makes it odd, I think, is that there's a terrible sex scene with two of the Muppets (you can see part of it in the trailer actually) and it's just so...well, odd. But there's a lot of things that make it odd. Doesn't mean it's not fun or funny, just know there are some things in the movie that will make you put a confused face. Despite these things, I did laugh and have a good time with it. I spoke to other press attendees and they said the same thing that I did: better than I expected, has its funny moments, but so odd.

I won't lie, I haven't seen many Melissa McCarthy movies. No reason at all, just haven't gotten around to it. Anyway, I actually liked her in the movie and laughed with her. I like the way she delves into a character and really makes you believe she IS that character. Joel McHale comes out in the movie too, but his character is more of a douche bag and smart ass than anything, but I still love him to pieces (and he's so hot!). The few scenes he's in are actually quite funny and make the movie funnier.

There really isn't much more I can say about the movie without spoiling it, but just know that I had a good time, but I wouldn't run to the theaters to see it. If you feel like watching some none sense movie that you don't have to think a lot and just laugh, then go and see it. Otherwise, wait for later.

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