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The Happytime Murders (2018)

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When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

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Brian Henson

Writers:

Todd Berger (screenplay by), Todd Berger (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Detective Connie Edwards
Elizabeth Banks ... Jenny
Maya Rudolph ... Bubbles
Leslie David Baker ... Lt. Banning
Joel McHale ... Agent Campbell
Cynthy Wu ... Brittenie Marlowe
Michael McDonald ... Ronovan Scargle
Mitch Silpa ... Tommy
Hemky Madera ... Tito
Benjamin Cole Royer Benjamin Cole Royer ... Rick
Brekkan Spens ... Dick
Ryan Tran ... Phil
Fortune Feimster ... Robin
Brian Palermo ... Paramedic (as Brian Joseph Palermo)
Damon Jones ... Police Station Guard John / Puppet Doctor
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Storyline

A murder mystery set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an '90s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a former cop, who has since become a private eye, takes on the case. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Sex. Murder. Puppets. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happytime Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,532,425, 26 August 2018

Gross USA:

$20,706,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,506,452
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the puppets in the film are from past Henson productions, like Animal Show (1994) and Kermit's Swamp Years (2002). See more »

Goofs

Special Agent Campbell suspends Detective Connie Edwards but Campbell is an FBI agent and would have no authority to suspend a Los Angeles detective. See more »

Quotes

Sandra: He won't shoot me! He's a blue loser puppet with a tiny felt cock!
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Crazy Credits

A series of DVD covers scroll behind the end credits. Promotion stills for "The Happytime gang" Puppet Porn: Happytime playground, Puppet Pussy Playtime, Felt on Felt, etc. Advertising for Signage and photos for the cousins' BBQ Adam's Ribs Puppet Rights protest posters: Felt is Beautiful, etc news Clippings from Phil Phillips' police days PSAs warnings of Sugar Addiction See more »

Connections

References Children of the Corn (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Give It to Me Baby
Written and Performed by Rick James
Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Perfectly enjoyable for what it is.
30 August 2018 | by iansquidishSee all my reviews

An interesting mix of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Team America: World Police that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. This film doesn't pretend to be anything other than a raunchy comedy and doesn't hold back on the gross-out humor. Performances were a bit on the splotchy side and it's easy to tell the scenes where Melissa McCarthy is improvising vs. her scripted scenes. The actual puppeteering is very well done (I would expect nothing less given the involvement of Jim Hensons's son). Overall, the gimmick and little moments are more than enough to make up for the movie's shortcomings, making it very enjoyable, though still not any sort of masterpiece.


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