The Happytime Murders

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The Happytime Murders
Described as a ’’filthy comedy’, this is a murder mystery set in seedy Los Angeles where humans and puppets co-exist, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a former cop, who has since become a private eye, takes on the case.

90 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Language, Violence, Sex, Prejudice, Drug abuse).
Action, Comedy, Crime, Detective/Mystery, Thriller.

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Brian Henson, Leslie David Baker, Jimmy O. Yang
Director
Brian Henson
ScreenplayTodd Berger, Dee Austin Robertson
MusicChristopher Lennertz
CinematographyMitchell Amundsen
EditingBrian Scott Olds
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2018
Produced byBlack Bear Pictures, Henson Alternative, Huayi Brothers Media, On The Day Productions, STX Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreComedy, crime
LanguageFrequent, very strong impact, glamorized and demeaning.
NudityInfrequent, low impact, brief and seductive.
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceStrong impact, minimal blood letting, fairly frequent.
PrejudiceFairly frequent gender based prejudice directed and belittling women.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsThe material contains complex and mature themes presented in a comedic context, where humans and puppets are set in a realistic world. Themes include crime investigation, blackmail, extortion, death, being framed, escape from custody, deception, lies, loyalty, friendships, conflict and reconciliation, revenge, betrayal, seduction, psychopathic behaviour, seduction, partnerships, teamwork, vengeance, guilt, prejudice against puppets and women. The central theme in the film is that of revenge, crime investigation and innocent killing. Although themes are comedic, but they are not sufficient enough to reduce the overall very strong impact elements which includes very strong adult sexual content, very strong frequent language which is sustained through out the film. The incorporation of themes and elements is likely to be disturbing, inappropriate, distressing and will prematurely expose children under 18 to very strong adult experiences.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
4
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
4
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
3
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
17 +
Positive messages
1
Positive role models
0
Violence
4
Sex
5
Language
5
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
3

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Frank Scheck quote iconMuppets' hilarious 'Happytime' on murder trail.
10
24.com
Gabi Zietsman quote iconThe Happytime Murders was always going to struggle to find its audience, with little relevance to the Muppets franchise and a hope for some R-rated box-office gold that’s become popular with the success of Deadpool.
0
ScreenIt
T. Durgin quote iconOh yeah. That was yet another two hours of my life I’ll never get back.
8
Metacritic.com
40 critics
5
Rottentomatoes critics
148 critics
8
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe Happytime Murders wastes its intriguingly transgressive premise on a witless comedy that blindly pushes buttons instead of attempting to tell an entertaining story.
4
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
8
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconVulgar humor outweighs positives in raunchy puppet movie.
5

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
37 users
10
Rottentomatoes users
1295 users
10
IMDB
2335 Netizens
10
The Movie DB
Community
11

Average .. 37%

7

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