Movie Review - The Happytime Murders
The design of the puppets are similar, if not the same as Jim Henson's designs of Kermit the Frog and all the characters with whom Kermit ever interacted. However, Kermit or any of the traditional or usual Muppets don't appear here, at least none that I noticed. The distinction is that Kermit interacted with people but Kermit never thought of himself as a puppet. Kermit thought of himself as a frog. In this movie though, the puppets here think of themselves as puppets. This movie presupposes like Netflix's Bright (2017) that for some magical reason, these puppets don't need puppeteers. They're simply alive and people accept them as such, but, like in Bright, the main issue here is the bigotry and racism toward these magical beings.
Or, arguably, this movie does something similar to Team America: World Police (2004) in that Henson features intense, puppet sex. Henson and his team try to outdo that 2004 satirical film by showing bodily fluids. Yet, anytime there's puppet gore, it's all fluffy stuffing that spills or explodes out like a shotgun to a pillow. These puppets don't bleed, even when they're brutally murdered, so why would they have other bodily fluids? Henson isn't concerned with consistency in the so-called nature of these puppets, if it means sacrificing an orgasmic joke leading to a visual gag ripped from There's Something About Mary (1998).
Rated R for crude, sexual content, drug material and language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 31 mins.