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Muppets Most Wanted

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Amusing Muppets sequel ups the gags, as well as the action.

Movie PG 2014 112 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 10+

Muppets Not Wanted in a Gulag

I trusted past experience with Muppets and began watching this movie with my 7 year old expecting some silly fun and minor peril. Instead we found so many disturbing images early on that we bailed, so my comments are based on incomplete viewing. We sat through explosions and more violence than necessary but when a bound and gagged Kermit is thrown down in front of a bunch of menacing prisoners in a harshly depicted gulag yard I ended it.

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Too much violence
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age 10+

Disturbing and only 'funny' for adults

This is a rare occasion where I quite disagree with the normally excellent assessments of Common Sense Media. This film is really an adult film (probably geared at boomers who grew up with the Muppet Show) and the subject matter and imagery is very disturbing. Illegal confinement, treason, crime and deprivation of food are shown as funny. A lot of sick abuse, which for me is a form of violence: e.g. a person is imprisoned in a metal box with just a hatch for his (singing) voice. None of this is explained but all of this is made fun of. The cold war gulag setting is dated as well. I really regret watching this movie. My daughter who is six burst into tears after it and I had to talk to her a long time afterwards to neutralize the upset and anguish brought up.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (39 ):

As the musical number We're Doing a Sequel makes clear, "everybody knows the sequel is never quite as good" as the original, but that's not strictly true here. Sure, the charming couple played by Jason Segel and Amy Adams is gone, but this adventure is a return to old-school Muppets: a globe-hopping trip, a case of stolen identity, and plenty of musical numbers that include celebrity cameos from a cast as diverse as the intended audience. (There's also a fair bit of action and even some guns.) Oscar winner Bret McKenzie is back as music supervisor and original-song composer, and his new tracks are witty and silly and everything kids will want. There's no song quite as poignantly powerful as "Man or Muppet," but the actual song-and-dance numbers are every bit as charming and appealing as you'd expect.

As for the story, the celebs are all happy to comply with the silliness: from Tina Fey as a gulag warden and the prison gang featuring Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta, and Jemaine Clement to Burrell as leisurely French Interpol agent and of course Gervais as Constantine's slightly sinister sidekick. But the real stars, of course, are the Muppets themselves. They will entertain audiences of all ages with their meta jokes and knowing songs and their interpersonal conflicts. Miss Piggy is a real standout as the character with the most lose (or gain?) when faced with Constantine's marriage proposal. Is the fake Kermit able to give everyone what they want, or is it only the authentic Kermit who keeps the Muppets together? We already know the answer, but that doesn't mean the adventure isn't a fast and fun ride.

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