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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.
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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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 PostFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.