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The Muppets

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world`s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theatre and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets` former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theatre, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: U
Release Date: 8 Dec 2011
Genre: Comedy / Family
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Distributor: WALT DISNEY PICTURES
Cast: Mila Kunis, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Trejo
Director: James Bobin
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “The Muppets Treasure Island”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The Muppet Show”

This is how you make a muppet movie. If there are two right men for the job, it would be "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" screenwriter Nicholas Stoller and the lovable Jason Segel of "How I Met Your Mother" fame.

What differentiate this movie from previous muppet movies is that Segel and Stoller wrote the movie in such a way that it appeals to both young and old. It has enough sarcasm for the neo-modernists audience, enough nostalgia for the old fans yet enough spunk for the new ones to enjoy. Needless to say, even if it's not that perfect, it caters to everyone in great harmony. A great change in this new era where everything is cynical, dark and filled with 3D.

"The Muppets" is a musical that does not dumb down audience with cheap tricks where the characters make a cover version of popular songs (*cough*"The Chipmunks*cough*). With the exception of a few (like the very funny barbershop version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), most of the songs are old school fun, reminiscing the Jim Henson's days of "The Muppet Show" in the 70s. But the best of all would be Jason Segel and Peter Lintz (as the muppet Walter) performance, "Man or Muppet".

The movie also boasts of special appearances. From Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Selena Gomez, Rashida Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, to the most unexpected appearance of one lovable geek of "The Big Bang Theory" one recognise as Dr. Sheldon Cooper - it's enjoyable from start to finish.

In short, "The Muppets" is not your usual kiddy movie. One can enjoy watching it as long as one knows at least a bit about Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the lots. Or if that fails, Jason Segel and Amy Adams will entertain you. If that fails too, the songs will make you sway your head from left to right like you're living the Julie Andrews - Gene Kelly era. If even that fails, there are always the many big stars for you to scan. But if that still does not satisfy you, maybe you're just "a muppet of a man".

Oh, and there is also a bonus "Toy Story" filler before the movie starts, if you must know.

Cinema Online, 30 November 2011
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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