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Muppets Most Wanted

  • Children's
  • Comedy
  • 2014
  • James Bobin
  • 102 mins
  • U

Summary

Crime comedy adventure starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. When Kermit the Frog is mistaken for a criminal mastermind and sent to jail, it leaves his fellow Muppets in the hands of the villainous lookalike, who uses them as a cover for his larcenous activities. Can our green felt hero escape and save the day?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Endearing self-deprecation is one of the key weapons in the Muppets' arsenal of charm: they're always putting themselves down a little (apart from Miss Piggy, that is). So perhaps we, as an audience, are meant to demur when they sing about how this film is a sequel and therefore not quite as good as the last one - but alas it's true. There's a goodly quantity of amusing gags but fewer belly laughs this time round, and a lot more star cameos, as if to distract attention away from the unravelling plot. When Kermit gets mistaken for mastermind Russian criminal Constantine, he's sent to a gulag overseen by a hammy Tina Fey. Meanwhile, his dastardly doppelganger goes on a European tour with the rest of the gang, which provides the perfect cover for Constantine and sidekick Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) to carry out a heist. One duff instalment won't kill this relaunched franchise, but it's also unlikely to prove quite as much of a favourite with instinctively discriminating kids.

Credits

Cast

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Dominic BadguyRicky Gervais
Jean Pierre NapoleonTy Burrell
NadyaTina Fey
Kermit the Frog / Foo Foo / Statler / Beaker / Lips / Rizzo the Rat / Link Hogthrob / NewsmanSteve Whitmire
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam Eagle / AnimalEric Jacobson
The Great Gonzo / Dr Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Beauregard / WaldorfDave Goelz
Pepe the King Prawn /Rowlf the Dog / Dr Teeth / Swedish chef / Bobo the Bear / Big Mean Carl / Baby Boss / Carlo Flamingo / Leprechaun security guardBill Barretta
Walter / Manolo FlamingoPeter Linz
Constantine / Floyd Pepper / Sweetums Pops / Robin / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry 80s Robot / Camilla / Uncle DeadlyMatt Vogel
Irish journalistHugh Bonneville
Piggy Fairy GodmotherCeline Dion
Lady GagaLady Gaga
Hobo JoeZach Galifianakis
Great EscapoTom Hiddleston
Big PapaRay Liotta
UPS guyJames McAvoy
Newspaper girlChloë Grace Moretz
Ivan the guardStanley Tucci
Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz

Crew

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DirectorJames Bobin

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2014-03-28
Languages
English | German
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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