PG for fart shoes, puppet electrocution, unflinching portrayal of the difficulties of being green
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Let me tell you a little something about America. Our most important institutions, in order, are these:
- “USA” chants
- The free press
- Potato chips
- The Muppets
- The rule of law
And if you’re doubting #4, allow me to explain: In my family, the Muppets are royalty. A new Muppet movie is to us what the royal wedding is to British people, with their sadly misplaced priorities.
The million-dollar question is whether Jason Segel – of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, How I Met Your Mother, and a variety of lewd-but-sweet Judd Apatow projects – can rescue the franchise from its downward trajectory since Jim Henson’s death in 1990. I’m hopeful: this is a labor of love for Segel, who stars in the film as a character who loves the Muppets almost as much my sisters and I do.
I’ll refrain from further judgment now. Expect a full-length review in the near future, following my standard format:
- 7 words for the ADD-afflicted
- 70 words for the busy
- 700 words for the procrastinators
- 7000 words for the Muppet-obsessed