Parents' Guide to

The Happytime Murders

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Vulgar humor outweighs positives in raunchy puppet movie.

Movie R 2018 91 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 18+

Awful movie.

Sad that this trash was made by Jim Henson’s company. It is vulgar and full of violence and sex, yet made with puppets so it’s enticing to kids. Distasteful on many levels. Avoid.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+
I don’t like Happytime murders

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23):
Kids say (15):

Despite some good ideas, a likable cast, and a halfway decent mystery, this vulgar, naughty puppet show is far more interested in being juvenile and shocking than in being entertaining or inventive. Brian Henson, son of the legendary Jim Henson and the director of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island, somehow thought this was a good idea, even though movies like Team America: World Police, Ted, and Sausage Party already pushed the envelope for raunchy humor in otherwise "kid"-oriented formats.

None of the so-called envelope-pushing humor here is funny -- not puppet sex, not puppets being addicted to sugar like a drug, and not the heavy swearing. Unfortunately, that stuff makes up most of The Happytime Murders. McCarthy is, as usual, amusing, and she shares some fun chemistry with Phil's character. But ideas like puppet "racism" and sugar addiction are barely explored, plopped casually into the movie as if they, too, were simply jokes. The movie is paced well and the story isn't bad; if only it could have focused on something other than tired, nasty humor, it might have been worthwhile.

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