The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders

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The Happytime Murders

A serial killer is targeting the members of an '80s TV show in this mystery comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph and Joel McHale.

In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous '80s television show, “The Happytime Gang.” Phil teams up with former police partner (McCarthy) to catch the killer before his next victim - Phil's ex (Banks).

2018Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language, sexual material & other content that may offend91 minsUSA
ComedyCrimeMystery
Director:
Brian Henson ('Labyrinth', 'Muppet Treasure Island', 'The Muppet Christmas Carol')
Writer:
Todd Berger
Cast:
Melissa McCarthyElizabeth BanksMaya RudolphJoel McHaleLeslie David BakerJimmy O. YangCynthy WuPamela Mitchell
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

flicks

There's a lot of potential in this racy puppet caper that carries the Henson legacy on, but unfortunately too many of the jokes are lame. Dirty puppet movies aren't new and while it is always a novelty to have them swearing, fornicating and killing, most of the gags done here have been done better elsewhere, before.

2.0
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Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

The Happytime Murders takes place in a world in which sugar is to puppets what crack is to people. In a dark den tucked away in a slummy neighbourhood where, as narrator Phil (voice of Bill Barretta) intones in quintessential noir style, “the sugar is cheap and the sex  is cheaper", a semi-comatose junkie snorts sweet stuff off a urine-covered hand mirror. Outside skimpily dressed sex workers are desperate to turn tricks for chump change.

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Variety

Variety

press

Its most fatal miscalculation is the decision to frontload so many of its crassest setpieces into the first 15 or 20 minutes, depriving the rest of the film of the shock value...

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Time Out

Time Out

press

Stuffed with lifeless gags, this cringeworthy puppet provocation is too pleased with its own naughtiness.

1.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As with all overwhelmingly poor movies, it’s the delicate confluence of many varied factors that creates the critic’s familiar feeling of despairing hopelessness in the cinema.

1.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

...in a deserted cinema at 10am, this film still made me laugh out loud a few times. On a Friday night, after a few jars with a like-minded crowd it might just be terrific.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

If The Happytime Murders isn’t the worst movie of the summer, I tremble at the thought of whatever’s coming out next week.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It's more than funny enough, packing lots of genuine, if frequently tasteless, laughs into its relatively brief running time.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Who Framed Roger Rabbit meets Meets The Feebles, in a disappointing adult comedy that never lives up to the promise of its premise.

2.0
0
Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

flicks

There's a lot of potential in this racy puppet caper that carries the Henson legacy on, but unfortunately too many of the jokes are lame. Dirty puppet movies aren't new and while it is always a novelty to have them swearing, fornicating and killing, most of the gags done here have been done better elsewhere, before.

2.0
0
Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

The Happytime Murders takes place in a world in which sugar is to puppets what crack is to people. In a dark den tucked away in a slummy neighbourhood where, as narrator Phil (voice of Bill Barretta) intones in quintessential noir style, “the sugar is cheap and the sex  is cheaper", a semi-comatose junkie snorts sweet stuff off a urine-covered hand mirror. Outside skimpily dressed sex workers are desperate to turn tricks for chump change.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Its most fatal miscalculation is the decision to frontload so many of its crassest setpieces into the first 15 or 20 minutes, depriving the rest of the film of the shock value...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Stuffed with lifeless gags, this cringeworthy puppet provocation is too pleased with its own naughtiness.

1.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As with all overwhelmingly poor movies, it’s the delicate confluence of many varied factors that creates the critic’s familiar feeling of despairing hopelessness in the cinema.

1.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

...in a deserted cinema at 10am, this film still made me laugh out loud a few times. On a Friday night, after a few jars with a like-minded crowd it might just be terrific.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

If The Happytime Murders isn’t the worst movie of the summer, I tremble at the thought of whatever’s coming out next week.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It's more than funny enough, packing lots of genuine, if frequently tasteless, laughs into its relatively brief running time.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Who Framed Roger Rabbit meets Meets The Feebles, in a disappointing adult comedy that never lives up to the promise of its premise.

2.0
0