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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

 
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At Theaters: 8/24/2018 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 31 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601218
Studio: Stx Films
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Like most humans, puppets run the gamut of personalities, occupations, interests, and vices. Although puppets are living among humans, they are still viewed as second-class citizens during discrimination, bigotry, and violence as they attempt to find their place in the world, living with as much dignity as possible even though they're stuffed with fluff.
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Action Comedy Crime - Like Sausage Party a couple of years ago, this is a comedy that uses a form usually associated with family entertainment--in this case, puppets--for an extremely raunchy film that is decidedly for adults only. Constant language, sexual situations involving puppets, violence, and non-stop crude humor make this not for kids. Melissa McCarthy fans will be pleased, but most of the other recognizable human faces such as Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, and Joel McHale have only small roles.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Melissa McCarthy LIFE OF THE PARTY, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE BOSS, SPY
Elizabeth Banks LOVE & MERCY, WALK OF SHAME, THE LEGO MOVIE
Joel McHale TED, SPY KIDS ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D
Dir/Prod: Brian Henson Directing Debut
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Production Information
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 21 S-words; 14 GD's; many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Graphic comic sexual situations involving puppets.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, fights, beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Drugs and alcohol.
ACTION: Some fighting and explosions.
COMEDY: Constant banter and wisecracks and sight and physical gags with puppets, often raunchy and crude.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average The Happytime Murders too often comes across as a skit that runs for too long. Everything about the movie is stunted – from the running time to the production values to the story. Although it might work perfectly well on television (there are enough bawdy laughs to ensure an acceptable level of entertainment), it never gels on the big screen.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average "The Happytime Murders” isn't so much interested in immersing you in a comedic world so much as it is in having its puppets do the most outrageous things you've never seen or heard puppets do in a movie. The plot is as fluffy as any of the puppets' insides.

USA Today Full Review
Below Average Hardcore puppet sex and four-letter words that would make Big Bird blush sound like a googly-eyed good time until you're faced with 90 unfunny minutes of it. Stuffed full of rampant badness, the scattershot comedy isn't nearly as clever or subversive as it thinks it is.

NY Post Full Review
Poor The son of Muppets creator Jim Henson has delivered a cliché-ridden, laughless bore that wastes lead actress Melissa McCarthy's prodigious comic talents and beats well-trod territory with a mallet. Think "Who Framed Roger Rabbit” minus the innovation or fun.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 24 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
2
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
9
Fairly Low
56%
30+Adults (F)
7
Low
40%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 24 moviegoers:
TEENS: The two males loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Both the males and females all enjoyed it very much with some loving it.
ADULTS: The adult reviews are very mixed. There is no clear indication of who will and will not enjoy this movie.

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