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March 21, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Review

Muppets Most Wanted (Rated PG) is now in theaters, and our family was fortunate to receive tickets to an advance screening over the weekend.
 
About the movie:
Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Muppets Most Wanted picks up right where The Muppets movie left off, and the Muppets gang immediately poke fun at themselves as they realize they are in a sequel, and Kermit sings "the sequel's never quite as good," in the aptly name song "We're Doing a Sequel."

Soon after they find themselves touring the world with Dominic Badguy (pronounced "Badgee"), who really is a bad guy (unbeknownst to the Muppets), as he persuades the Muppets to go on a tour only to use them in a criminal plot that he and Constantine, the evil frog, have been planning.

Kermit soon finds himself being mistaken for Constantine and ends up in the Siberian gulag from which Constantine had escaped, and Constantine pretends to be Kermit.

Despite his very funny voice and odd mannerisms, it takes a while before anyone realizes "Kermit" is not really Kermit, and the Muppets find a way to get Kermit back and reunite the gang to stop Constantine and Dominic.

Although Muppets Most Wanted was a fun movie for the entire family, I actually thought it appealed more to the grownups who could understand the adult humor and pop culture references.

However, my kids did enjoy watching all of the Muppets and their silly antics, and the musical numbers were especially fun.

I thought Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell were great in their roles.  I also liked the many celebrity cameos, and it was nostalgic to see bits of The Muppet Show, especially when the Muppets performed the intro on stage and Constantine watched old footage to practice mimicking Kermit's voice. 

So was Kermit right when he sung about sequels not being quite as good?

In this case, I did think he was right, but I still thought Muppets Most Wanted was an entertaining movie, and our entire family enjoyed watching it.

Muppets Most Wanted is in theaters now, and when you watch the movie be sure to take a selfie with Constantine, and if you upload your photo to Instagram, you may have a chance to win a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort! Visit Disney.com/CatchConstantine for more information.

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