The Happytime Murders

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In the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, two clashing detectives — one human and the other a puppet — must work together to solve the brutal murders of former cast members of a beloved puppet TV show. – STX Entertainment

The Happytime Murders was directed by Brian Henson, Jim Henson’s son. It was written by Todd Berger, an established screenwriter but I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me a 10 year old wrote it.

The Happytime Murders was a very interesting idea. A movie with puppets for adults. A hard-boiled detective murder mystery. Very cool idea. Very poor execution. The idea of a puppet smoking a cigarette and making a crass joke is hilarious. When it’s a bad dick joke, it just doesn’t work.

This movie tried way too hard to push the envelope and be funny. It’s a damn shame because there are some really funny people in it. Melissa McCarthy was perhaps the biggest disappointment because I know she’s funny and can carry a movie.

Roughly 1 out of every 10 jokes were actually funny. Like my lacrosse coach used to say, “a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.” The jokes in this movie were the equivalent of lining up a row of people, closing your eyes and throwing a ball at them, you’re more than likely gonna hit someone without trying that hard. That seemed to be there method for the comedy.

It’s a damn shame. The puppetry was excellent, right up there with the Muppets, of course that makes sense with the son of Jim Henson behind this. Puppetry isn’t easy and I’m sure a lot of people worked very hard on this movie, but I guess none of the hard workers were the writers. I was blown away with some of things the puppets did, from watching a puppet rip a butt to beating the shit out of dude, all impressive stuff I haven’t really seen before.

Great concept, terribly execution with an actually decent mystery bogged down by asinine jokes. Don’t see this in theaters, watch at home or somewhere where you can get plastered.

I give The Happytime Murders a 3.25 out of 10, still better than the Snowman.

“It feels like Easter in my pants. “


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