Kermit! Miss Piggy! Fozzy Bear! Oh, how we’ve missed you! Last Friday, my two older children and I saw the new Muppets film, courtesy of Moms and The City. My 6 year old son dressed up as Animal and my 3 year old daughter dressed up as Kermit — thank you to Rubie’s Costumes!
The movie starts with Gary (Jason Segal) and his brother, Walter (who’s a Muppet), who live in a small town. Gary and his longtime girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) decide to go to Los Angeles on vacation and Walter comes along. They decide to go on the Muppets Theater, but find it closed and an evil oil man Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper) about to knock it down (because there’s oil beneath the theater). So, to raise the money to save the theater, they help Kermit find the rest of the Muppets to put on a talent show to save the theater. Highlights of the Talent Show included: A version of Cee Lo’s “Forget You” by the Chickens, a Barbershop Quartet Version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Jack Black, Rashida Jones, have small roles. Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez, Zach Galifianakis, Community’s Ken Jeong, Dave Grohl, Neil Patrick Harris, Judd Hirsch, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Mickey Rooney, and Jim Parsons.
We enjoyed the movie and can recommend it for kids ages 5 and up (there was one scene that might be a little scary for younger kids). As a mom who grew up with the Muppets, the movie evoked the feeling of the earlier movies I loved – like the first and second movies. We’re still singing some of the songs — the chicken version of “Forget You” was awesome and we also loved “Muppet or A Man”.