Review: ‘The Muppets’ is Far Too Gruesome for Kids
By Sebastian Updyke
OMGG.com Film/TV Critic
November 28, 2011
I grew up watching the Muppets on tv in the late 70s, so I was excited to introduce my adopted son Honus to the cuddly creatures at a screening of the new motion picture over the weekend.
Sadly, the film didn’t remotely resemble the sweet and funny puppet-world created by Jim Henson over 50 years ago. It was nothing more than a perverse journey into the sick mind of its writer/star Jason Segel.
It started out innocently enough, with Muppet-protagonist Kermit the Frog up to his old tricks, singing about having a crush on the “new gal in town.” But when his former love interest Miss Piggy overhears the tune, she’s overcome with anger and begins a bitter plot to get back at her old amphibious admirer.
After a disturbing self-mutilation scene, Piggy *SPOILER ALERT* rabidly binges on pork chops, smoked ham and bacon, in what has to be one of the most unsettling cannibalistic moments in cinematic history. The performance was so vexing, in fact, that my son vomited mid-way through.
The Bottom Line: Aside from the vulgar Miss Piggy scenes and Fozzie Bear’s gruesome rape, the film was both uplifting and inspiring…and the soundtrack is out-of-this-world!
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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