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The Happytime Murders

also known as “¿Quién está matando a los muñecos?,” “Carnage chez les joyeux touffus,” “Carnage chez les Puppets,” See more »
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material.
Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Comedy Fantasy Crime Mystery
1 hr. 31 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
August 24, 2018 (wide—3,256 theaters)
DVD: December 4, 2018
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Degradation of the Jim Henson dynasty

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Featuring Melissa McCarthyDetective Connie Edwards
Elizabeth BanksJenny
Maya RudolphBubbles
Leslie David Baker … Lt. Banning
Joel McHale … Agent Campbell
Cynthy Wu … Brittenie Marlowe
Michael McDonald … Ronovan Scargle
Mitch Silpa … Tommy
Hemky Madera … Tito
Benjamin Cole Royer … Rick
Brekkan Spens … Dick
Fortune Feimster (Emily Fortune Feimster) … Robin
Brian Palermo (Brian Joseph Palermo) … Paramedic
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Director Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson)
Producer The Jim Henson Company
Henson Alternative
Black Bear Pictures
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Distributor Distributor: STX Entertainment. Trademark logo.STX Entertainment

Do not support this grossly obscene, very perverse, shamefully profane and violent movie that manages to be even more disgusting and worthless than “Sausage Party”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A murder mystery set in a world 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.

This raucous comedy explores a world where puppets and humans live side by side, and the puppet stars of the iconic TV show ‘The Happytime Gang’ are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off camera, the ‘family-friendly’ cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush.”

  • Vulgar/Crude language: Extreme— • motherf***… (2) • f-words (80-90 —including “I wish I would have f*cked you” • obscene gesture • d*ck (several, including “I'll suck your d*ck,” “I'll bite your d*ck”) • c*ck • b*ner • “I still had a hard spot for Jenny” • p*ssy • “I blew my hym*n” • t*ts • t*tties (“Show us your t*tties”) • b*lls • nuts • “I’m gonna have to ice my junk” • a**hole (14) • a** (5+ including “Her a** was hot like fire”) • cr*p • s-words (2) • j*ckwad • d*uche bag • b*tch (multiple, including “f*cking b*tch”) • son of a b*tch • p** (in a sexual and porn context—including “I will p** on you”) • “I can tell you’ve had crabs before” • bastards
  • Sex: • Extremely vulgar sexual comments, situations and visuals • prostitution • fornication • very perverse sexuality of various types
  • Profane language: Extreme— • J*sus Chr*st (10+) • Chr*st (2) • J*sus • G*d d*mn (10) • G*d (10) • Holy crap • Holy sh*t
  • Alcohol/Drugs: Very Heavy
  • Violence: Heavy and murderous, but bloodless

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—Brothers and Sisters in Christ… DO NOT TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SEE THIS MOVIE! At once a film both comically deceptive in its advertising while being jaw-droppingly repulsive in its content, “The Happytime Murders” has figuratively murdered many of the things that audiences have found endearing about other puppet-centric films and TV shows.

I won’t go into morbid detail about the completely savage and mindlessly abusive versions of “sexuality” depicted in this film, but will leave everyone who is Christ’s, and I’m not kidding, with the sober warning from Dante before they step foot into the theatre to see this movie: “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”

There is literally no break between scenes where the puppets are performing “sexual” acts (though with no actual skin showing, since they are puppets). After a few minutes my wife and I had to walk out amidst the laughs of other people who seemed to be enjoying themselves. Were we seen as prudes by the laughing crowd? Who cares!

I’ve already warned some family members about this movie. And, although they are Christians, have made the casual comment that my wife and I are “so innocent.” I wonder why a Christian would say that to another Christian, when as Christians we are supposed to be “innocent as doves, and shrewd as serpents,” both of which I was being by leaving this movie. I kindly asked them if they would care to explain their comment to me… a request which they declined. I simply replied to my dear brother that being “innocent” is better than feeling “guilty.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: no opinion
Luke, age 35 (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…Foul-mouthed puppets and hit-or-miss gags… provides plenty of opportunities to ruin innocent things like silly string, cows, licorice and childhood for the audience… a dark and dirty sense of humor…
Samantha Incorvaia, Arizona Republic
…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. …
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…movie hell… a one-joke movie, minus one joke. The year may cough up a worse film, but probably not a more joyless, witless one, raunchy or otherwise…
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…If “The Happytime Murders” isn’t the worst movie of the summer, I tremble at the thought of whatever’s coming out next week…
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
…The film aims only to shock…
Derek Smith, Slant
…the plot hinges on the graphically depicted pubic hair of a nymphomaniac puppet… Once seen, the never-ending stream of yarn semen cannot be unseen… [1/5]
Charles Bramesco, The Guardian [UK]
…Hope began to die about five minutes into this off-putting, cheap-looking, virtually laugh-free disaster. Hope was dead at the 10-minute mark…
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
…turns raunchy puppet comedy into inexplicably boring dreck… Like all ghastly failures, “The Happytime Murders” is not “so bad it’s good.” It’s just bad: a boring flop, an unfunny comedy… [½]
Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out Chicago