The Happytime Murders Review

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Michael McDonald

Director: Brian Henson

Release date: 27th August 2018


Set in a time where puppets and humans co-exist, Los Angeles is a hotbed of crime and deviation. P.I. Phil Phillips is a puppet ex-police detective, who’s set up his own private investigation agency. A mysterious lady client appears one day, saying that she’s being blackmailed by an unknown person and she shows him the letters she’s received. She asks Phil to help her solve her problem. He takes the case, but after a lead takes him to a local sex shop, a bunch of violent and heinous murders appear while he is in the back room looking for clues. He ends up meeting his old partner, Detective Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) and though they have their differences and a chequered past, they must work together to solve the crime…


Just a few months ago, the makers of ‘Sesame Street’ took the moviemakers to court over the use of the tagline, “No sesame. All street”, in the promotion of the film, which features Muppet-esque puppets. The judge ultimately ruled in the movie’s favour, saying that; “Sesame Workshop didn’t demonstrate that moviegoers were confused or that sponsors or parents were complaining.” I think to be honest that seeing as though the movie has a 16 rating here, people should be smart enough to know that it’s not a kids thing/movie.

Where to begin when describing ‘The Happytime Murders’… well, don’t go and watch it expecting to see lots of funny Muppet stuff, coz there isn’t any. They look like Muppets, but that’s pretty much where the likeness ends.


The story is good, a real murder mystery kind of thing with twists and turns aplenty, but I’m not exactly sure what kind of audience demographic it will appeal to.. Like I said, it has a 16 rating and in theory that should tell you what you’re letting yourself in for. Let’s see… puppets having sex, puppets murdered with a shotgun by an unknown assailant.. a ‘Sharon Stone’ moment that you won’t be able to un-see.. The list goes on!

I did enjoy it, though some scenes were slightly over graphic in a funny kind of a way. If you’re looking for a funny but pretty crude in places movie to go and see with your mates or other half, then give ‘The Happytime Murders’ a go.

Overall: 7.5/10

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