Magazine article Variety

Muppets Most Wanted

Magazine article Variety

Muppets Most Wanted

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED

FILM

Sporting a title that can't help but smack of wishful thinking, "Muppets Most Wanted" casts Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and company in a hokey transcontinental caper that conspicuously lacks the winning blend of irreverence and sincerity that made 2011's "The Muppets" such a delight. From the first bars of "We're Doing a Sequel," an opening number that shamelessly acknowledges the inevitability and inferiority of most movie followups, this eighth feature showcase for Jim Henson's deeply felt creations pokes fun at itself in a way that seems self-deflating rather than cheekily inspired. If its predecessor was more sheer fun (and, with $165 million worldwide, more commercial) than a Muppet movie had any right to be, then this is the picture that, likely comparable B. …

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