Happytime Murders is Not the Worst Movie of the Year

That honor goes to any one of many awful Netflix originals. “The Happytime Murders” is an intermittently funny Muppet farce, saved by a great comic cast with the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks. Lead Muppet Phil Phillips is your typical regretful, chainsmoking, trenchcoat-wearing gumshoe of film noir history, so relatively boring as far as gumshoes go. McCarthy is his former partner-cum-law enforcement rival, Rudolph the doting secretary, McHale the dickish government agent, and Banks one-half of a femme fatale duet…you get the picture. Muppets and puppets are inherently funny (just watch “Team America”), and that little-known fact goes a long way in making “Happytime” a happy little time at the movies, despite what little else it has going for it. Perhaps I’m being too kind. After all, this will be my shortest review in a Muppet year. What’s a Muppet year? I don’t know either.

Grade: C+

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