The Muppets
2011
When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to reunite the gang and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.

Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

I laughed at several jokes in this, so I was disappointed that there weren't more jokes. Instead, it felt like most of the running time was given over to unfunny songs that drove the plot, and they were bad. Like wince, watch-between-your-fingers, feel-fremdschämen-for-those-poor-actors bad. And they shouldn't have been: The songs were written by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, so I expected better. But they made sitting through this a very unpleasant experience. If this movie was meant to introduce new young audiences to the Muppets after a long absence (and Disney's acquisition of the brand), then I don't think it's a great introduction, but I suppose there's a low bar for quality in kids' entertainment. The short-lived 2015 TV series was aimed at adults and at least somewhat better.

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Samir Mehta: BLASPHEMY! − March 13, 2020 • more by Samir

Scott Hardie: Plenty of people liked it. The movie made a lot of money, won an Oscar for best song (!), and earned a sequel (which I liked). And the adult approach on TV flopped. So my opinion is clearly a minority one. − March 14, 2020 • more by Scott

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