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Family Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG          Length: 112 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 6+. The film is mostly a series of heists involving the unknowing Muppets, so there is some comical violence related to that, like fistfights, blown-up buildings, threats between prison inmates and guards, and general prison tension. Also lots of talk about love and marriage from Miss Piggy to Kermit, adults drinking, and some kissing.

‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ the follow-up to 2011’s ‘The Muppets,’ doesn’t have the prior film’s heart. It’s sillier than the former but less touching, too, with a variety of criminal characters who are hard to care about and a distracting number of less-than-funny subplots.

By Roxana Hadadi

Perhaps you don’t remember the new Muppet introduced in 2011’s “The Muppets”; I had to think hard to remember Walter, brothers with the character portrayed by Jason Segel. But so much else from that movie is easily memorable—Amy Adams’s steely perkiness, the great songs, the “Rainbow Connection”—that it makes up for not remembering the protagonist’s name. This sequel, “Muppets Most Wanted,” won’t make that same emotional connection with you. It might be funnier for younger children with all its criminal hi-jinks, but there’s no chance of parental tears here.

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