Movie Review – The Happytime Murders

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.

Grade: D+

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.

Christene Johnson (RunPee Sis)

RunPee.com owes RunPee Sis a huge debt of gratitude. She sees any movie needed with no complaints and has done so for ten years (even basing Thanksgiving and Christmas family festivities around the seeing films). In 2015 Sis ran the entire RunPee enterprise herself, while RunPee Dan, Jilly and Mom went traipsing off to Europe. Sis is the spider in the web holding the RunPee family together — besides being a funny, well rounded person, and a joyous pleasure to be around. Her favorite films start and end with horror (which thank goodness she’s happy to see, since most of us don’t have the stomach for it) — but also likes silly comedies, sad dramas, and musicals of all types. If you’ve used a Peetime for a scary film, you probably have RunPee Sis to thank for it.

Favorite movie genre: Horror, horror, and more horror. The more disturbing, the better. Period.

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