A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Toto has, for some reason, been replaced by a crustacean who, for some reason, is a stereotyped Latino street dude.
Violence & Scariness
No worse than the fantasy stuff in the 1939 movie -- which means both the Scarecrow and the Tin Man get torn apart, then reassembled. Streetfighting between the Wicked Witch Miss Piggy and Dorothy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some talk on what constitutes "sexy." Leading-lady Ashanti wears some provocative outfits (for which she is upbraided by her aunt), and the Wizard at one point materializes as a Lara Croft-style super-hot videogame vixen in revealing CGI clothes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Muppet caper operates on two levels, with numerous gags that mainly adults will understand. The movie includes mischievous references to R-rated movies (Kill Bill, Passion of the Christ) and pretty far-out rock and roll, like the legend that Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album has been used as an "alternative soundtrack" to the 1939 Wizard of Oz with trippy results. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This one seems to be edgier in its humor than previous, G-rated Muppet-brand-name fare. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz premiered on prime-time TV in America, and the video box bears the curiosity of two sets of ratings: a TV "PG" and a theatrical equivalent of a "G." But it never stops reminding you that it's only a movie, making mention that one of the top Muppet talents is actually named Frank Oz. At the climax, action-director Quentin Tarentino appears as himself, excitedly describing to a quivering studio-exec Kermit how violent he can make the next scene.
Ashanti is pretty good when it comes to reacting to Muppets, but the ending moral is a little questionable -- Dorothy, returned to Kansas, gets Auntie Em's blessing to go seek music celebritydom after all. Translation: There's no place like stretch limos and lots of bling, either. We wish this were made into another Muppet joke, but it seems more like the filmmakers wanting their hip-hop heroine to have it both ways.
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