The Muppets (2011)

 

Walt Disney Studios

 

Rating: PG

 

Reason for the Rating: Some mild rude humor.

 

Plot Summary: A new Muppet sets out to save the Muppet Studios from being destroyed, and as a result brings all the Muppets together for one last show.

 

PopFam Recommends: Great fun for all ages.

 

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo...these are all beloved characters from a childhood long ago. Who doesn't remember The Muppet Show? John Denver and the Muppets Christmas? And the original Muppet Movie? My kids! That's who doesn't remember or have any frame of reference for these lovable puppets.

 

Which is kind of the basic idea of the movie. The Muppets are old. Has-beens. No one is interested in them any more, right? Well, that's not quite true. There is Walter. He's a Muppet with a human brother, Gary (Jason Segal), who grew up watching the Muppet Show. As everyone around him was growing and changing, Walter found solace in watching re-runs of the Muppet Show and knowing there were others like him. So when Gary plans a ten-year anniversary trip to LA with his girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), he decides to bring Walter along to visit the Muppet Studios.

 

Upon arriving at the studios, Walter is shocked to see the state of disrepair of the studio. Although Kermit's old office is no longer open for display, Walter sneaks in to poke around. Which is where he hears the evil plans of oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to tear down the studios and drill for oil. Walter can't let that happen, and so he, Gary, and Mary set off on an adventure to find all the Muppets, put on one last show, and save the studios from ruin. But the Muppet Show was ages ago...will anyone even care, or want to watch their telethon?

 

Finding all the Muppets isn't so difficult (especially when you're traveling by map), and convincing them to give up their less-than-fulfilling jobs is fairly easy, except for Miss Piggy (as you would imagine), but everyone shows up and rehearsals begin. Kermit even invites Walter to show off his talent and join the Muppets, which both excites and terrifies him. Will he be good enough? Will he be laughed off the stage? Which are familiar doubts we all can relate to, and is a main theme of the movie...risking failure and facing fear in order to succeed; additionally, elements of friendship and encouraging others to believe in the gifts they have are also woven into the storyline.

 

It's been a long time since I've seen a movie like this. It's truly family movie-going at it's best. Interesting, as it was co-written by the star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Jason Segal) and the writer of Get Him To The Greek (Nicholas Stoller), but this movie is all about laughter, fun, and songs. There isn't anything to make a parent cringe, but a whole lot to make a family smile.

 

You've got to see The Muppets with your kids. It will not only bring back wonderful memories for you, but will bring a smile to the faces of everyone who sees it.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Walter and Gary were brothers, but they were also best friends. What do you especially like about your siblings? Your best friend?

 

• If you were going to be in a show like The Muppet Show, what would you do for your talent?

 

• What special gifts has God given you that set you apart from other members of your family?

 

--JW

 

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