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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Old-school Hollywood musicals are a major source of the spoofing here, especially those starring Esther Williams.
Fozzie tells the other Muppets they're stopping a jewel heist for "justice, freedom, and honesty." There's some bravery and friends stick together. It's very refreshing when the full-figured Miss Piggy hits the runway in a swimsuit to thunderous applause.
Positive Role Models
Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo stick together and enlist help when they need it to stop a crime. Miss Piggy lies to Kermit about who she is and where she lives, but then comes clean. She's also pretty brave and determined in the face of danger.
Violence & Scariness
Mostly slapstick violence throughout. Gonzo falls or throws himself in front of cars a few times. Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo are thrown from planes and busses; Miss Piggy throws someone out of a truck and another man into a pond, and also uses her signature karate chopping moves. A Muppet is electrocuted (but OK), and a gun is pulled, threatening Kermit. A crazy Muppet cab driver crashes straight through the hotel. A mention that someone might get killed when all the Muppets start planning to thwart the jewel heist.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A Kermit-Miss Piggy smooch and Nicky tries to kiss Miss Piggy. Plus some innuendo meant for adult laughs: Animal runs after the models shouting "woman, woman"; Gonzo claims he's photographing kneecaps when he's found in a dressing room; Miss Piggy throws a man into a lake yelling "get your filthy hands off me!"; Waldorf and Statler talk about bikini-clad models; and a man confesses he's out to dinner with a date other than his wife.
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A mention in the song about the Happiness Hotel that it's "gone to hell."
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Products & Purchases
Quick mention of American Express.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Miss Piggy, Kermit, and Fozzie drink champagne at a fancy restaurant and one non-Muppet smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is your typical fun Muppet entertainment with some big musical numbers mixed in. Violence is mostly slapstick -- lots of getting thrown from or in front of moving vehicles -- and there's some sexual innuendo that kids will probably miss. Of course, Kermit and Miss Piggy get to smooch once. They also have a glass of champagne at a restaurant. 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 second Muppet movie is just as good as the first –- maybe even better; we won't argue. It set the mold for Muppet movies to follow, as really a shift back to what made TV's The Muppet Show a worldwide smash: witty, full-length versions of the parodies and variety skits in which the Muppets played stock roles for relax-folks-it's-only-a-movie satires.
The Great Muppet Caper is a sparkling takeoff on old-fashioned Hollywood romance musicals cross-bred with a heist thriller. But actually the whole plot is a light framework on which Muppet creator Jim Henson (directing this time) and his team hang their clever jokes and Muppet wizardry. Kermit and Miss Piggy pedal around a London park in a bicycle ballet, while Miss Piggy herself swims underwater in a musical fantasy. Sometimes the song-and-dance business takes up a lot of storyline time, but we challenge viewers big and small to watch the antics and try to figure out how they did all that with wired marionettes. No wonder it's called "Muppet Magic."
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