THE MUPPETS REVIEW (GRADE: B+)
By Jonathan Decker
Powered by fun music, a slew of celebrity cameos, and a clever script by star Jason Segel that taps into the essence of the old Muppet charm, this new film is a delightful return for the family entertainment icons, originally created by Jim Henson. Co-starring Amy Adams (channeling the wholesome earnestness that made her so likable in Enchanted), this new tale finds the disbanded Muppets getting together for one last show, mending hurt feelings and old wounds along the way. It's refreshingly optimistic and plenty of fun for both nostalgic adults and children who're getting their first exposure here.
Best of all, there's no crass humor or winking innuendos, earning a rightful spot in the Disney canon. Though it falls short of the greatest Muppet movies (some songs are knockouts while others are mere placeholders, ditto for the jokes, though rest assured there are some great belly laughs here), it is easily better than their last few pictures and approaches a return to form for the old gang. Also back on track is Pixar Studios who, after this summer's disappointing Cars 2 and the good-but-not-great Toy Story short that preceded it (“Hawaiian Vacation”) tacked on another Toy Story ‘toon here. Called “Small Fry,” the hilarious 5 minute cartoon had our audience rolling and served as a perfect appetizer for the main event.
CONTENT OVERVIEW: The Muppets is rated PG. It is has no offensive language nor dirty jokes. There are a couple of moments of slapstick violence (a muppet is electrocuted, a few punches are thrown in an anger management meeting gone awry, both played for laughs).
MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: Forgiveness heals relationships. There is strength in unity.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.