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"THE MUPPETS"
(2011) (Jason Siegel, Amy Adams) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Minor
Gun/Weapons Moderate
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Mild
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Minor
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes None
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy/Musical: A big fan of the Muppets, his adult brother and that man's girlfriend convince Kermit the Frog to reassemble the Muppets in order to save their old studio from a ruthless businessman who wants to tear it down for the oil deposit beneath it.
PLOT:
Gary (JASON SEGEL) and Walter (voice of PETER LINZ) are brothers who've grown up into men, but while the former is a normal-sized human, the latter never got any bigger than his initial puppet size. Accordingly, Walter became a big fan of The Muppet Show over the years and especially its characters with whom he could identify. Now, he, Gary and Gary's girlfriend, Mary (AMY ADAMS), are headed out to Los Angeles to visit the Muppets' old studio and celebrate Gary and Mary's tenth anniversary.

When they arrive, however, they find the old studio in disrepair. Worse yet, when Walter sneaks off by himself, he overhears businessman Tex Richman's (CHRIS COOPER) plans for the place. Unless $10 million can be raised in just a few days, he'll own the property and have exclusive rights to the oil deposit he's discovered exists beneath the place.

Accordingly, the three set out to find Kermit (voice of DAVID GOELZ) and alert him of this issue, but the frog hasn't seen the rest of the Muppets for years. Even so, he agrees with the decision that they must be reunited, and thus the four set off across the country and world to reassemble the old gang.

That includes, among others, Fozzie Bear (voice of ERIC JABOBSON) who's doing stand-up comedy and fronting a Muppet tribute band in Reno; plumbing magnate Gonzo (voice of DAVE GOELZ); former drummer Animal who's now in anger management therapy; and plus size editor for Vogue, Miss Piggy (voice of ERIC JACOBSON).

With time running out, they set out to spiff up the old theater and put on a telethon to raise the money needed to thwart Richman's nefarious plan.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the Muppets, it's probably a good bet they will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some mild rude humor.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JASON SEGEL plays an average


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