The Happytime Murders is a filthy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show. Also starring Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, and Joel McHale, this raunchy comedy is being hailed by critics as “hilarious, wickedly original and crazily quirky” (Neil Pond, Parade).
Maya Rudolph as a blonde is really the only truly ground-breaking thing going on here. I see why Sesame Street was so upset about the movie trying to tie it’s perversion to the childrens show, as these puppets are 100% directly ripped from Sesame Street in all but behavior only. There’s lots of drug use, murdering, gratuitous sex scenes and one extended scene of a puppet octopus sexually milking a puppet cow, getting puppet milk all over the room. Don’t get me wrong, this is a hilarious movie and the aforementioned cow milking scene is really the highlight of the first act, but it was the wanton desire to tie itself to a kids show that really rustled my jimmies.
Watchable and I laughed at a few of the jokes.