August 24, 2018

The HappyTime Murders is in theaters on August 24th, 2018.

To be honest, I’m not sure what I was expecting going into The Happytime Murders. I knew it was a movie about humans and puppets and assumed there would be some type of murder from the title. What ensued throughout this movie was absolute, hysterical madness. I didn’t do a lot of research beforehand, but I knew it was an R-rated puppet movie and saw that Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks were in it, so I figured it might be funny. In the end, my favorite human character was actually Maya Rudolph – she was a pleasant surprise, playing the main puppet’s human secretary, Bubbles.

The story focuses on puppet Phil Phillips, a disgruntled former LAPD detective turned private investigator and his old partner, human detective Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) tracking down a killer. Someone is hunting down and killing off the cast of a beloved 80’s show that featured humans and puppets alike called The Happytime Gang. Phillips’ brother was a member of the show, and after his brutal murder, Phillips reluctantly sets out with Edwards to solve the crime and bring justice for his brother.

The Happytime Murders really kept things a mystery with twists and turns, way more than I would have expected in such a silly comedy movie. They also gave a surprisingly relevant portrayal of a world where humans and puppets co-exist, albeit with a lot of equality issues. The Happytime Murders was able to keep the audience laughing, thinking, & guessing while trying to figure out just who the murderer was and why! I will say that there were maybe a few too many weird sex jokes for my taste that almost felt like they were trying too hard, but otherwise a really good movie. Grab your spouse or best friend, leave the kids at home and head out to the movies to see Melissa McCarthy and cast deliver a hilarious performance in The Happytime Murders.

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

LaurenLauren (Contributor) is born and raised in South Jersey. When she isn’t yelling at Philly sports teams on the TV, she enjoys seeing the latest action films and true crime documentaries.
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