Parents' Guide to

The Muppets

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Muppet comedy offers memorable laughs, musical numbers.

Movie PG 2011 98 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 5+

Based on 53 parent reviews

age 10+

5 and 8 year old demanded I turn it off

This really didn't seem like a children's movie. There was a lot of adult humor and themes, and the plot was too difficult for my 5 year old to understand. The idea of a woman in a relationship with man who is inattentive and emotionally unavailable was over my daughter's head. I thought this would be like the old Muppets with puppets doing funny little skits, but it was mostly actors accompanied by Muppets. My kids only watched 15 minutes and then asked if we could watch Wild Krats instead - a nonfiction TV show about animals. So, I guess that tells you something about the entertainment value of this movie. I'm disappointed I paid Amazon Prime's fee to rent this one. Wasted $4.
age 2+

Dissapointing muppet movie

I only went to see this because it looked like it was the best thing playing at my local theatre. The other things playing were Arthur Christmas(which looks terrible),Happy Feet 2 (which also doesn't look that good),Jack and Jill(which I really wanted to see,but this looked better),Puss In Boots(which just looks REALLY bad),Twilight 4(which looks EXTREMELY bad) and Tower Heist(which I wanted to see,but it was only on late at night). Let's just say that I'm starting to regret not seeing something else. I've loved the muppets ever since I was little and even though this movie looked VERY good,it was kind dissapointing. Now i've only seen 3 of the muppet movies(the first one,muppets from space and this one) and I can honestly say that muppets from space was my favourite. I mean,don't get me wrong the movie was funny and when it's funny,it's REALLY funny even though there are some slow and boring parts. It just wasn't as good or as funny as it should of been. Sorry fellow muppet fans,but if your'e like me you will be dissapointed with this movie despite the critical acclaim(to tell you the truth I don't even know why critics liked it so much,but they did).So bottom line: if you want to see this movie, just rent it.Don't waste your money seeing it at the movies. Also I have no idea why this movie was rated PG because it is appropriate for all ages.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (53 ):
Kids say (82 ):

Whether you're planning to relive your childhood, introduce your kids to the Muppets, or just see a movie together, THE MUPPETS is a joy for the entire family. For many of today's parents, the Muppets are an immediate catalyst of nostalgia -- and they, along with all kids (whether they're already fans or are discovering Jim Henson's legendary creations for the first time) will delight in the reintroduction of everyone's favorite felt friends. Self-proclaimed puppet lover Segel lovingly depicts the story of the Muppets' biggest fan (clearly a stand-in for himself) and how one person's faith convinces Kermit and the gang to reunite. Kermit, as usual, is the heart of the story, but he's joined by the charming Walter, who -- as the newest addition to the Muppet family -- is a winning combination of funny, humble, and sweet. Segel and Adams make an adorable on-screen couple, and their ability to project innocent fun is irresistibly charming.

A series of celebrity cameos -- including everyone from The Devil Wears Prada's Emily Blunt to Whoopi Goldberg -- is a treat for grown-ups. The music mixes Muppet favorites like "Rainbow Connection" with catchy covers like "Forget You" and original songs written by Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie.

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