The Muppet Movie

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

First Muppet movie has wonderful songs -- and a few guns.

G 1979 94 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 2+

The greatest family film of its generation, if not all time

This is an absolutely brilliant film. It is fast paced, heartfelt, and existentially deep, buoyed by the greatest soundtrack of any G rated movie, ever. There are some tense moments and risqué one-liners for sure. There are guns and electric chairs and scary frog killing cowboys; jokes about Hare Krishnas and social disease ("don't touch her, you'll get warts" an El Sleezo patron comments to Kermit - a joke I didn't get until I was about 35). Apparently this makes some people squeamish. It shouldn't. The Muppet Movie is a throwback to a different era, a combustable mix of vaudeville and Looney Tunes. It's a relic of a less dangerous would. It's harmless, and it's designed to keep the parents as entertained as their children. The tension as Kermit is chased by Doc Hopper is real, but it serves as a vehicle for encouraging introspection, the chasing and realization of dreams, and the value of friendship. This flim's okey dokey!

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 10+

Unexpectedly mature

My family plays a game where the person whose turn it is to pick a movie to watch is limited by some arbitrary metric. It could be anything the other people dream up - a western, an award-winning film, anime, directed by Person X, vampires, etc. Our theme this latest time was "Rated G." So, imagine our surprise when we sat down to watch a film where a puppet gets shot at, another puppet jokes about drinking beer, and the main character is being stalked and repeatedly threatened with violence - all while being romanced by a different sexy puppet with fishnet tights and sewn-in cleavage? Hmm. Not a totally bad movie (the celeb cameos and musical numbers were fun, as well as the road trip aspect), but also not what we were expecting when we sat down to watch it explicitly for its "friendly for everyone" rating. It's a mediocre slapstick comedy. Though I suspect nowadays it's more for the children at heart who are nostalgic about growing up in the Jim Henson era.

This title has:

Too much violence
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