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The Blue & Gray Press | August 19, 2019

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There's a Whole Lot to Love in "The Muppets"

There's a Whole Lot to Love in "The Muppets"

If you have ever wondered what Jason Segel would look like as a Muppet, how Cee Lo Green’s hit song, “Forget You,” would sound like performed by by chickens, or really just like “Mahna Mahna” and want to see it on the big screen, then “The Muppets” may be the perfect movie for you.

Written by and starring Segel, most famously known for his work in more adult faire like “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Muppets” manages to accomplish something that few movies can do: it appeals to all age groups and stays PG, despite having a multitude of jokes and 80’s references that will make adults laugh and reminisce.

The movie centers around Walter, a Muppet-like human and fan of The Muppets along with his brother Gary (Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams). When Gary invites Walter along to go with him and Mary to Los Angeles, Walter jumps on the chance; after all, Los Angeles is home to Muppet Studios.

Once in Los Angeles, the crew heads to The Muppet Theatre, home to “The Muppet Show,” which ended its run in the 1980s and, unbeknownst to the Muppets, is about to be bought by evil oil tycoon, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) who plans to tear it down and drill for oil under it.

When Walter finds this out he decides to go find Kermit the Frog, who has been in hiding since “The Muppet Show” ended and try to round up the rest of the Muppets so they can save the Muppet Theatre.

Along the way they round up old friends, including a reluctant Miss Piggy, who had her heart broken by Kermit, and do some singing and dancing.

Like Muppet movies of the past, the movie is full of songs both classic to the Muppets franchise, like “Rainbow Connection” and new songs like “Life’s a Happy Song,” and a cover of “Forget You” by Camilla and the Chickens. It is also full of hilarious cameos, including Neil Patrick Harris, Ken Jeong from “The Hangover,” Jim Parsons, Zach Galifianakis as a hobo, and Emily Blunt who strangely enough nearly reprises her role from “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Although the movie itself is short, clocking in at a mere hour and 38 minutes, “The Muppets” is proceeded in theaters by “Small Fry,” a hilarious new short from Pixar, featuring characters from “Toy Story.”

If you are looking for a film this holiday season that is not in 3-D and that your whole family can enjoy, go see “The Muppets,” you will leave the theatre smiling, regardless of age.

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  1. Chris

    Sorry, I don’t watch gay porn.

  2. (required)

    Thank you, Chris, for sharing your porn preferences – even though this is not the appropriate forum for it.

    Evidently you missed both the memo about homophobia being out of date as well as the memo about things you enjoyed during young childhood becoming interesting and enjoyable again during young adulthood due to a phenomenon known as “nostalgia.”

  3. 2010 alum

    First of all, I don’t think Chris is really likening the muppets to gay pornography. Also, if Chris really is homophobic, it’s not something that he (she?) can control. By definition a phobia is an anxitey disorder that is irrational, etc. etc. And why is homophobia out of date? Homosexuality is up in the forefront of both American and international discourse right now with Obama’s speech at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner. Negative attitudes and perceptions of homosexuality and homosexuals needs to be addressed, not dismissed as “out of date.” Such an attitude is spiritually the same as that of the homophobe railing against gay marriage, etc.

  4. jenny from the block

    What do the muppets have to do with gay porn?

  5. Sean

    First of al, while Chris is almost certainly not actually comparing the Muppets to gay porn (there’s obviously no basis for that), his comment is still drastically over the top with offensive language that has no place here (he is almost certainly a jerk). Second, no UMW grad could honestly be this ignorant about homophobia, so I assume you are exaggerating. In case you aren’t, homophobia is not an actual psychological phobia, its the term for anti-LGBT prejudice, which can definetly be overcome. Not to say that political and religious arguments about gay rights issues are TOTALLY invalid, but bigotry and hatred towards the queer community is becoming more “out of date” everday as our society becomes more aware and sensitive to the nature of homosexuality. I don’t think you are a homophobe at all, but I do think you need to gain some perspective on your comments above.

  6. 2010 alum

    First of all, I don’t think there was anything in my comment that would lead anyone to think I am either a homophobe or phile. It’s offhand comments like “I don’t think you are a homophobe at all, but___” that insinuate that those who do not unequivocally condemn prejudiced individuals are either ignorant or secretly biased themselves. Comments like that only widen the gulf between those who support and those who oppose the LGBT community, and is not in the interest of either. It further antagonizes the people that need to be convinced to further the cause of LGBT rights and makes reconciliation more difficult.

    And as far as perspective, maybe it’s you who needs to gain one. Gallup poll data from 2010 show that 32% of Americans think that relations between consenting gay/lesbians should be illegal. 40% percent of Americans think that LBGT is not an acceptable lifestyle. 42% of Americans think that being LGBT is something one learns from their environment/upbringing, while 40% think it’s something one is born with. 45% of Americans think that marriage between individuals of the same sex should be illegal. 39% of Americans think that being LGBT is morally wrong. I can go on and on about how homophobia is not “out of date,” and how it is very much here and now. It’s just not very visible at UMW, and that is precisely the reason why there needs to be more dialogue about homophobia and prejudice at UMW, because you can’t go out into the world believing that has a similar attitude towards the topic. You say that homophobia can be overcome–perhaps you know how? Not an attack on you, but I would genuinely like to know how one can try and overcome a homophobe’s prejudices. Perhaps the Bullet can do an investigation into UMW attitudes towards the LGBT community?

    My apologies to Nancy Belle, for cluttering your article with comments that have nothing to do with your review. I saw the Muppets movie and it was thoroughly enjoyable. But I think that at an hour and 38 minutes in length the movie did just fine–do you think that the movie could have benefited from additional screen time? The majority of films (no stats to back that up) from before James Cameron’s Titanic were of similar length and it wasn’t until after that blockbuster that longer format films became the norm. Longer, more expensive to produce movies are now expected and I think as a result plots have a tendency to get lost or develop sub plots that clutter up the movie. Also, because audiences expect longer movies and expensive special effects, smaller indie companies struggle to get their movies made and oftentimes are forced to sell their rights to larger corporations that water down the content to something that’s more universally appealing–maybe 1 hour and 38 minutes is more than enough, not just for the Muppets, but for other movies as well.