What You Need To Know:
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is filled with “f” words, profanities and lewd jokes from the beginning. It gets worse and worse from there. The movie follows the style of R-rated detective movies from the past, in an homage to hardboiled detective novels and film noir movies. However, it goes out of its way to do extremely obscene things you won’t find in the best of these movies and novels, even the ones that push the obscenity envelope. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is an obscenity against human decency and artistic expression.
Imagine this conversation at Muppet Headquarters run by what’s left of the late and beloved Muppet creator Jim Henson’s company:
“Well, unfortunately, our more adult Muppet series bombed on TV. So, let’s make an R-rated Muppet movie with really disgusting, super-raunchy content!!!”
They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. It seems, therefore, that the Jim Henson Company is displaying some kind of insanity by releasing THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, a disgusting, stupid, extremely raunchy, foul-mouthed comedy about a live puppet detective investigating the vicious murders of his dead brother’s former fellow actors on a TV series named “The Happytime Gang.” THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is one of the most disgusting, obscene major movies ever made. Real, genuine laughs are very few and far between.
Phil is a disgraced LAPD policeman turned private eye. He’s also a puppet. He takes a nymphomaniac female puppet’s case to stop a person who’s blackmailing her. The case takes him first to a puppet porn store, where he investigates some customer files in the back room. While he’s preoccupied in the back with some music blaring, a mysterious figure in a hat and coat brutally shoots everyone in the store, including the live rabbit puppet who played a role on his brother, Larry’s, popular TV program from years ago.
When his brother is brutally torn apart by several dogs, Phil learns that the program’s actors were lined up to share in a new lucrative syndication deal worth millions of dollars. Phil figures that someone in the cast is eliminating the others to get a bigger share. His old police boss orders Phil to team up with his former human partner, Connie, played by Melissa McCarthy, to catch the killer before he kills again, even though Phil and Connie hate each other.
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is filled with “f” words, profanities, and lewd jokes from the very beginning. It just gets worse and worse from there. The movie follows the style of R-rated detective movies from the past, in an homage to hardboiled detective novels and film noir movies. However, it goes out of its way to do extremely obscene things you won’t find in the best of these movies and novels, even the ones that may push the obscenity envelope in one or more ways. As a result, THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is not only an obscenity against God and His Law, it’s also an obscenity against the kinds of stories and movies (film noir and detective fiction) it feigns to honor.
No one should see this abhorrent movie. To paraphrase Shakespeare’s MACBETH, it’s a murder most foul, morally, spiritually, and artistically.