The Muppets 3D

Rated NR 2011

Jim Henson's Muppets return in all their musical, wisecracking glory 30 years after their eponymous show ended. Gary (Jason Segel), his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) and his Muppet brother Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) head to Hollywood and rally up Kermit and co. to rescue the abandoned Muppet studios from oil baron Tex Richmond (Chris Cooper). Jack Black is one of many celebrity cameos (in true Muppet fashion)---he’s held captive on stage as the Muppet barbershop quartet croons its amusing rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It’s not the late ‘70s, and this movie isn’t quite The Muppet Show, but it’s consistently funny, with contagious tunes and a story that’s sweet, yet not off-putting. Jason Segel (a self-proclaimed Muppet fan) and Nicholas Stoller penned numerous self-referential quips poking fun at the franchise’s own sorry state; a surprisingly fresh tactic for Muppet overlord Disney. –Matt Semansky

Film Credits

Director: James Bobin

Writer: Jim Henson, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller

Producer: Martin G. Baker, David Furnish and Jason Segel

Cast: Mila Kunis, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris, Selena Gomez, Zach Galifiankis, Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Jack Black and Rashida Jones

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