Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Walt Disney

Directed by:

James Bobin (The Muppets)

Starring:

Ricky Gervais as Dominic; Tina Fey as Nadya; Ty Burrell as Jean Pierre; voices of Steve Whitmire as Kermit, Matt Vogel as Constantine, Eric Jacobson as Miss Piggy and Fozzie, Dave Goelz as Gonzo

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are back together . . . so what do they do now? Talent scout Dominic Badguy (it’s pronounced “bad gee”) books them on a world tour. While rehearsing in Berlin, Kermit meets the world’s most dangerous criminal—a frog named Constantine who looks just like Kermit. The police arrest Kermit by mistake, and imprison him in Siberia. Constantine takes Kermit’s place in the Muppets, using the tour as cover while he and Dominic (who really is a bad guy) break into museums.

Kermit trusts that his friends will rescue him... eventually. His hope and general positivity inspire everyone in the prison—even Nadya, the head matron. Of course, while he’s waiting for his friends to show up, he might as well direct the prison talent show, with a little Hollywood flair.

Like all Muppet films, Most Wanted uses comedic violence. Constantine blows up several buildings, but we don’t see anyone get hurt. Gonzo stages an indoor “running of the bulls.” Miss Piggy fights someone, Fozzie gets flattened and poor Beeker blows up as usual.

As part of his evil plot, Constantine tries to marry Miss Piggy. There are a few toilet jokes. The celebrity cameos include musicians whose music might not be good for kids. During the prison talent show, several men dance suggestively while wearing long johns (it’s meant to be funny).

Muppets Most Wanted isn’t trying to say much. There are some good lessons about love and friendship, but the sequel is mostly an excuse for more jokes, songs and silly Muppet mayhem. And that’s OK.

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