The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders, 5/10, had huge potential for being utterly great. With the strap line, “No Sesame. All Street”, the film looked promising to be innovative. Come on… Haven’t we all pondered about whether the innocent childish puppets we have all grown up with have a potential darker side? The Happytime Murders was going to be the film that explored this idea – the shockingly outrageous ‘cross-the-line’ kind of humour. Unfortunately, what we had hoped for didn’t deliver and in fact, the filth came across as desperately trying a little bit too hard.

In a world where puppets and human co-exist, disgraced detective Phil Phillips (played by Bill Barretta) is working on a private investigation case. Exploring a lead at a local erotic store, Phil walks into a fluffy puppet massacre. As the case unfolds, Phil finds himself on the tail of a murderer on a war path. The murder mission: to take out the cast of the 90’s TV show ‘The Happytime Gang’. In order for Phil to catch the psychopath, he needs to make amends with his ex partner LAPD Connie Edwards (played by Melissa McCarthy). Edwards is a hard-hitting member of the force with an unhealthy sugar addiction.

The Happytime Murders ran with two main themes where a twisted murder mystery meets a fallen hero’s tale of redemption against the odds. Sadly, the two played out in a predictable fashion which had me looking at my watch throughout. The very basics of this movie had scope for potential with so many ways to cleverly develop the normal conventions of the genre. For that reason, it was shocking to see it fail. I’m normally such a huge fan of Melissa McCarthy’s work (as you can see from previous blog posts this year) but the comedy element just seemed to fall flat. The writers of this movie obviously thought that by being let loose to be crude and explore a darker side they would push it to the very limits. They seemed to be making any desperate attempt to get a cheap laugh with even a three minute puppet orgasm skit. I would recommend you to save your time and money and avoid this film.

Picture: 6/10

Sound: 5/10

Acting: 5/10

Narrative: 4.5/10

Originality: 5/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 4.5/10

Total Overall Rating: 5/10

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