Why Can’t ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Be the Type of Film Our Kids Get Every Time?

Muppets Most Wanted Kermit the FrogWarning. What is about to follow may make you feel old. Or, at the very least, make you feel like I’m old. If you must ask, I don’t yet have a “get offa my lawn” sign, but donations for same will be freely accepted.

The new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted came out this week on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as I sat in my living room, watching the sequel to the 2011 flick with my 9-year-old, I realized just how much I miss the smart and silly wit of the Muppets when I’m watching today’s kid shows and movies.

Whatever happened to making jokes that take a moment to think about them? To making jokes that bring us up without cutting someone down?

Muppets Most Wanted didn’t seem to get the attention of its predecessor — despite an all-start cast that includes Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais (among others) — but it carries with it the same sort of refreshing return to true “family” entertainment that was served up three years ago. In short? It lacks the crudity of so much of today’s children’s fare. And while the jokes are silly and often slapstick in nature, there is depth to them too, so that if you think about them for a few extra seconds, a second laugh may well rise up out of you.

In my “where’s my Metamucil” moment, I’ll admit I miss this sort of humor. Too often we’re served up “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” type films where the main character is kind of a jerk, and yet we’re supposed to like him because, “He’s the hero!” We’re supposed to accept TV shows where the kids are turning on each other (and on their parents) on the regular because, oh, ho, ho, it’s funny!

Is it any wonder trolls run rampant on the Internet? TV shows and movies tell our kids that being mean is just a part of life.

I suppose this too is where Muppets Most Wanted (and really any Muppets fare) reigns supreme for families. At the end of each film (no spoiler necessary), the message we’re given is that this ragtag group is a family, that each member loves one another, that each of us can find a place in this world.

That’s what “I” want to see more of … how about you?


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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Muppets Most Wanted to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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