The Happytime Murders was a major disappointment. Here’s the lowdown on the plot: It’s a raunchy film noir style Muppet murder mystery. It takes place in a seedy Los Angeles, where muppets are viewed as second class citizens. With that storyline, I felt the possibilities for humor, surprises and gags were endless. Most every aspect fell flat on its muppet face. Yes, there were funny moments, but not enough to support a full length movie, and this one is super short. That’s sad.
By far one of the funniest scenes in the whole movie was released in the trailer. I hate when companies do that. If you’re expecting all of the humor to keep up with that scene, you’ll be sadly mistaken. The rest was second rate. The crude and vulgar humor got boring. It needed much more depth to grab me.
The one shining part of the movie was Maya Rudolph. She was awesome. By far my favorite part of the movie was a scene that she and Melissa McCarthy shared. It was great. I wish they would have put them in more scenes together. It was a magical moment — the rest I wish would have magically disappeared.
Also, just a reminder folks, this movie is rated R for a reason. In my theater, I counted 5 children under the age of 10. What? I take my granddaughter to a lot of movies but in no world EVER would I let her see this. One parent left the theater, and the rest spent the entire time with their hands over the young ones’ eyes. If you go, leave the kids at home.
About the Peetimes: This was a very short movie. There are two Peetimes for you to choose from. This movie is really easy to keep up with, so even if you run over the times, you probably won’t miss anything you can’t catch up with.