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Parents' Guide to

The Great Muppet Caper

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Slapstick action in wonderful retro robbery romp.

Movie G 1981 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 5+

Fun and whimsical

The film is very self aware, like a lot, it feels a bit like Pixar before Pixar, with a lot of breaking the fourth wall, but it is still entertaining. Although the flow of the film feels a bit stalled and heavy on the exposition, the muppet charm still comes through and Charles Gordon sticks the landing! I believe that he is smitten with Miss Piggy (and who could blame him really). The Muppet gang work well together and it feels like there is equal screen time all around for everyone. The film is fun and whimsical and feels like a mad caper, exactly what it purports.
age 12+

Miss Piggy is lusted after a bunch of times

I don't mind that there's a little bit of silly karate and fighting but I do think the the sexualization of Miss Piggy is a little much. Same with the romance between Kermit and Miss Piggy.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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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