Muppets Most Wanted

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Director
James Bobin
Runtime
1 h 52 min
Release Date
20 March 2014
Genres
Comedy, Adventure, Crime, Family
Overview
While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.
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  • Muppets Most Wanted
    ComedyMusicalKids We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.Movie ReviewThe end. Ta-da! Ah, life is indeed a happy song when you get to the end of a Muppet movie reboot. But wait: What do all those felt-covered friends do now? Kermit and the gang ask themselves that very question moments after their last pic ends. And it puts them in a quandary. There's got to be some worthwhile project they can all work on together, right? I mean, they could always … That is, how about … Uh, what are they going to … That's when a shrewd businessman named Dominic Badguy (it's pronounced "bad ghee," of course) gives Kermit the perfect idea: a world tour. The Muppets can take their act on the road and deliver their Muppet Magic directly to John and Jane Q. Public. Yay! Little do those gullible puppet pals realize, however, that Dominic really is a bad ghee, er, guy. He's a notorious villain who just happens to be the sidekick of an even notoriouser frog villain named Constantine, a dastardly amphibian mastermind who hails from Russia. Their plan? To go down in history as the most wicked, evil, notoriousest villains there ever were. "My name first," the Russian-accented Constantine crows. "And then, spacebar, spacebar, spacebar, your name." Their nefarious strategy depends upon having Constantine replace Kermit as the Muppets' leader—a relatively easy task, since, well, they look almost exactly alike. (Constantine sports a telltale mole that Kermit does not.) True, the thick accent poses some obstacles for the imposter. (Even saying the name "Keyr-mit" is something of a challenge for him.) But he'll work on it. All they have to do is get Miss Piggy's beau sent to a gulag in Siberia. A well-placed, glued-on mole will convince the authorities he's the villain. Then their scheme of worldwide thievery can commence in earnest. It's a perfect plan. Those Muppet fools will never suspect anything, Constantine chortles. All right, all right. It's true that the real Keyr-mit is kind and honest, earnest and sincere. He's also a natural-born showman. And the great Constantine is none of those things. But that doesn't bother the evil mastermind. Bah! He can fake all of that.Positive ElementsWe all know, of course, that Kermit and Miss Piggy have had a sincere, decades-long romance. For nearly as long, Kermit has been reluctant to pop the big question and to, well, hop into marriage. But as Constantine plots to marry the fabulous Miss Piggy as part of his diabolical plot, we see the real Kermit and Piggy sing and dream of the day when they'll settle down together, raise a family and relish their golden (or maybe it's green?) years together. Muppets Most Wanted also insists that love and commitment—in both romance and in everyday friendships—is what makes life fulfilling. The Muppet crew eventually realizes that they were missing all of Kermit's warm, loving qualities while Constantine was in charge. The villain gave them what they wanted to keep them mollified, but he couldn't give them what they needed. And when they finally uncover all that trickery, they apologize to Kermit for not sensing the truth right away. Kermit's unquenchably positive attitude even touches and changes the hardened Russian thugs he meets in prison. Meanwhile, the gulag matron, Nadya, grows fond of Kermit and ultimately admits he's right when it comes to the importance of friendship: You can establish loving relationships worthy of being called "family" with others. And families belong together. Proving that point, even stoic Sam Eagle (who works for the CIA) and a French Interpol policeman overcome initial differences to eventually become good friends.Spiritual ContentAs the Muppets discuss their next big project, the Swedish Chef suggests a subtitled foreign movie. Accordingly, we see a short black-and-white clip of him playing chess with a black-cloaked Grim Reaper.Sexual ContentGuest star Salma Hayek wears a formfitting one-piece jumpsuit.Violent ContentThe film's "violence" is, of course, all of the slapstick variety, usually perpetrated by or against puppets. In an early scene, for instance, Constantine jumps around thumping human guards with a series of karate chops and martial arts blows. He also makes some violently suggestive verbal threats, things like saying that Miss Piggy "will be bacon for breakfast!" Later, the blue-eyed pig delivers some comeuppance when she grabs the wicked frog by the foot and thumps him around in an obvious Hulk vs. Loki Avengers-style homage. Other slam-bam moments include a puppet "running of the bulls" that smashes a stage area and leaves Salma Hayek tattered and disheveled. Fozzie Bear has a large freezer set down on him, temporarily flattening him into a bear rug. An exploding cupcake detonates in Beeker's face. And later, while wearing a magnetized metal bomb vest, Beeker shoots through a stained glass window and is apparently blown up in London Harbour. Likewise, explosives are used to blow through walls as part of a robbery and to detonate parts of an onstage set.Crude or Profane LanguageAt the very worst: We hear exclamations of "doggonit" and one unfinished "what the …?"Drug and Alcohol ContentNone.Other Negative ElementsThere are a handful of minor toilet humor gags. Example: When Kermit first starts booking the Muppets' tour, he plans for a full week in the German city of "Poopenburger." Among the many celebrity cameos are problematic musicians P. Diddy and Usher, raising the possibility of some young Muppet fans being tempted to sample their other music.ConclusionSome folks suggest that everything must evolve or die. But the Muppets prove that that just ain't so, Joe. These furry talking puppet critters have remained pretty much their same giggle, wiggle, Miss Piggie selves since, well, forever. OK, maybe not quite forever—just 1969 in the case of Sesame Street and 1976 if we're actually talking about The Muppet Show. Still, for today's tykes, these characters are no less cuddly than they were for kiddos nearly 40 years ago. And today's parents probably can't help indulge a bit of wistful nostalgia seeing ageless Kermie and Co. back on the big screen again. The Muppets' latest pic delivers all those sentiments with felt-covered glee. Sure, their crime caper/prison break story is little more than a wireframe placeholder for knee-slapping guffaws paired with hilarious musical romps, well-timed setups, clever payoffs and enough celebrity cameos to fill a dozen remakes of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. But who cares? No one goes to see a Muppet movie because of the plot. No, you go for the Muppets. And they deliver here once more. It's fun. It's infectious. It gives Tina Fey a chance to talk with a thick Russian accent. It invites Celine Dion to make fun of herself. More importantly, it says some truly sweet things about true love, family and lifelong friendship. Oh, and the bad ghees get what's coming to 'em. What more could you want in a Muppet matinee? The end. Again.Pro-social ContentObjectionable ContentSummary AdvisoryPlot SummaryChristian BeliefsOther Belief SystemsAuthority RolesProfanity/ViolenceKissing/Sex/HomosexualityDiscussion TopicsAdditional Comments/NotesEpisode Reviews]]>
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  • A Few of My Favorite Things, Part 2
    (”Muppets Most Wanted” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    A few years years ago, I went out on a limb and wrote a blog that included a list of many of my favorite movies. To make the grade, the films had to be both entertaining and family-friendly. I titled this blog, “A Few of My Favorite Things” and began with an introduction in which I admitted publishing such a compilation was risky. I was fully aware that not every film on my list would resonate with some of you, our readers. Most of you who commented were kind, but as expected a few of you thought I was a few fries short of a happy meal. For instance, a person named Jake commented: Soul Surfer??? For those who want to lust after half naked women!! To Save a Life??? I got the impression that sex before marriage is okay, as long as you don’t abort the baby!! Like I said, I knew I wasn’t going to please everyone. By the way, not only did I screen Soul Surfer, I was even in Hawaii for some of the filming (yes, a rough assignment, but someone had to do it!). While there were definitely some women wearing swimsuits, that’s a hard thing to get away from in a surfing movie. And with To Save a Life, my colleague Paul Asay wrote: The final product is polished, professional and one of the best Christian films I’ve seen. I guarantee you those words would not have been written for a film endorsing sex outside of marriage. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I’m ready to roll out “A Few of My Favorite Things, Part 2”—a list of 50 films I’ve liked since the original list of 30 was published in March 2012. Most, but not all of the films listed below have been reviewed by Plugged In. I’d encourage you to use this list in conjunction with our reviews. Nearly every film has a content concern or two. Even The Peanuts Movies with its perfect score has Lucy calling Charlie Brown a “blockhead.” I’ve been doing this long enough to realize we have readers who’d prefer their young children not hear any sort of name calling. I get it. Again that’s why I recommend you use this list in conjunction with our reviews. Incidentally, in light of the potential criticism you may be wondering why I’d do lists like these at all. Good question! For one thing, as we head into the Christmas gift-buying season, some of you are looking for gifts/stocking stuffers. Furthermore, I think that question was answered last time so please allow me to reprint what I said back in 2012: So, by now, I think you get my point: We hesitate to offer the “Plugged In List of Family-Friendly Movies” because we know that somebody, somewhere, will feel we let them down. That said, I regularly have friends and acquaintances ask me about flicks I personally like. (It’s similar to a physician being approached with a “Hey, doc, I got this pain in my arm and was wondering …”) So, even though I know that this list will not be without some controversy, I’m going to be brave and jot down a few titles of films that I’ve found encouraging and inspiring. Instead of Plugged In’s list, let’s call this “Bob Waliszewski’s List of Family-Friendly Movies!” And please note that, as with all films, age-appropriateness comes into play. So with all that said, here’s my most recent alphabetized list of favorites: 42The 3356 UpThe ArtistBearsBelleBeyond the MaskThe Book ThiefCaptiveChasing MavericksCinderellaThe Drop BoxEverestFar from the Madding CrowdGod’s Not DeadThe Good LieGrace UnpluggedHooveyHundred Foot JourneyInside OutInstructions Not Included JerusalemLes MiserablesLincolnA Long Way OffThe LunchboxMan of SteelMcFarland USAMirror MirrorMoms’ Night OutMr. HolmesMuppets Most WantedMy All-AmericanNot TodayOctober BabyThe Odd Life of Timothy GreenOld Fashioned Patterns of Evidence: The ExodusThe Peanuts Movie Return to the Hiding PlaceRogue SaintsSaving Mr. BanksSeasons of GraySon of GodUnbrokenUnconditionalWar RoomWhen the Game Stands TallWoman in GoldWoodlawn Okay, Jake (and everyone else), give me your thoughts. I promise you there are no half-naked women in any of the above! ]]>
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  • 2015 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Kids
    (”Muppets Most Wanted” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    All this week we’re announcing the nominees for the Plugged In Movie Awards in the categories of Best Movie for Kids, Best Movie for Teens, Best Movie for Adults and Best Christian Movie. These films represent what we consider to be the best of what got released in 2014, and not just artistically speaking, but morally and content-wise, too. Our selection isn’t a stamp of approval, of course, so link to our full reviews and read them carefully before deciding to see anything we’ve listed here. In February we’ll pick our winners. But you can do it right now! To voice your thoughts and vote for your favorite nominee for the Reader’s Choice award in each category, post a comment on this blog or on our Facebook page. BEST MOVIE FOR KIDS (NOMINEES) Big Hero 6 (PG): Hiro Hamada is a pretty smart kid. He’s only 14 and already a high school graduate. But Hiro still hasn’t really been living up to his full potential. After his big brother Tadashi was killed in a fiery accident, the devastated Hiro has been wallowing in his grief. But it’s his brother’s invention—an inflatable, balloon-like, health care robot called Baymax—that eventually pulls the boy back. What’s more, Baymax indirectly helps prove that Tadashi’s death wasn’t so much an accident as the result of a nefarious plot. And that spurs the 14-year-old megabrain kid into action. He starts out by giving Baymax some crime-fighting upgrades. Then he gathers together some of Tadashi’s former science whiz-kid friends for heroic backup. Before you can say “bim-bam-kapow” a brand-new superhero team is born. So even though the movie’s trailers may have given you the impression that this is primarily a Disney-ish tale about an action-crazed kid and his balloon stand-in robot pal, there’s lots more to it than that. The LEGO Movie (PG): This movie is not just the longest and most entertaining LEGO commercial you’ve ever seen. Blocky plastic guy Emmet is an average LEGO nobody. In fact, he’s probably the most average interconnecting doodad dude you’d ever meet. But then one day Emmet encounters an incredibly un-average girl named Wyldstyle who, for some reason, mistakes him for someone she calls “The Special.” Then, when she introduces Emmet to this wizard-like guy, he thinks Emmet is the prophesized Special, too. Now, Emmet realizes that all the stories they’re telling him can’t really be about him. But for the first time in his very square life there are people who think he might be more than simply mediocre. And if they want him to be special, then he’ll do whatever his very average brain can come up with to make that true. Muppets Most Wanted (PG): The felt-covered Muppets are at loose ends until a shrewd businessman named Dominic Badguy approaches Kermit and suggests he take his friends out on a world tour. It’s perfect! The puppety pals can take their act on the road and deliver their Muppet Magic directly to John and Jane Q. Public all around the globe. Little do those fleecy (and fleeceable) friends realize, however, that Dominic is a notorious villain. And he just happens to be the sidekick of an even notoriouser frog villain named Constantine—a dastardly amphibian mastermind who looks exactly like Kermit. As their nefarious plot unfolds, Constantine replaces Kermit as our favorite green guy is snatched up and sent to a Siberian gulag. And then thefts start happening wherever the Muppets travel. Can Miss Piggy come to realize that the, uh, wool has been pulled over their eyes? Whether she does or not, it’s all fun enough that you won’t much care that this crime caper/prison break story is little more than a wireframe placeholder for knee-slapping guffaws paired with hilarious musical romps, well-timed setups, clever payoffs and enough celebrity cameos to fill a dozen remakes of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG): Larry Daley has risen from being a frowned-upon night guard at the famous New York American Museum of Natural History to almost being in charge of the place. And it’s all thanks to the magical Tablet of Akmenrah—a long-ago unearthed artifact that can somehow bring statues, figurines and T.rex bones to life every night. Something, however, is majorly amiss. Again! That supernatural tablet is beginning to corrode for some reason, and those animated objects are losing their zip. So it’s off to the British Museum of Natural History, home of Akmenrah’s mummified parents, to find some answers. This third franchise installment is a Teddy-Roosevelt-meets-Sir-Lancelot-meets-Attila-the-Hun clash of “history” in a cartwheeling CGI-packed splash of silliness. Dolphin Tale 2 (PG): One heartwarming story about dolphin survival deserves another, it seems, which is exactly what we get in this sequel. Back in 2011, moviegoers were introduced to Winter, a dolphin whose tail had to be amputated. Winter got a snazzy new prosthetic one and learned how to use it in that film. Dolphin Tale 2 picks up with Winter’s true-life story after the animal’s longtime tankmate dies. Dolphin depression sets in, and the crew at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium try to introduce Winter to a newly rescued marine mammal named Hope. But Hope’s not crazy about Winter’s artificial tail. It’s a dramatic and very wet conflict that propels Dolphin Tale 2 to its ultimately hope-filled conclusion—one that offers a few other important lessons about growing up along the way. A Movie Nights discussion guide is available for Big Hero 6 and Dolphin Tale 2. Movie summaries written by Plugged In reviewers Bob Hoose and Adam Holz. ]]>
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    Like many other clever sequels (Scream 2, try for instance), buy Muppets Most Wanted recognizes  the limitations of follow-up films and even pokes fun at the concept. The feature’s opening tune is actually called “We’re Doing a...
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  • The Movies of 2014
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    The end of 2014 is quickly approaching. With that in mind, page I went back and created a list of all of the films that I reviewed this year and the different ratings I gave them. Of course, this this isn’t a complete list of all of the films I saw this year. It’s...
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