What parents need to know

Parents need to know Muppets Most Wanted is the star-studded sequel to 2011's musical comedy The Muppets; the tone is definitely light overall, but this one has a little more edge than its predecessor. Families with Muppets fans know to expect sight gags, physical comedy, and some light romance between Miss Piggy and Kermit (and in this case, his Doppelganger, Constantine). There's some playful ridiculing of the leisurely European lifestyle (six-hour lunches, three-week vacations, work days that end at 2 p.m.) and some grown-up-targeted prison humor and pop-culture references. Language is light but includes words like "butt" and "idiot." Since much of the movie takes place in a Russian prison, there are several scenes that feature armed guards holding large guns, as well as a couple of big sequences in which Constantine fights with people and sets off (or tries to) loud explosives -- but no one is shown getting hurt.
  • Families can talk about why the Muppets are appealing. What do you like about the Muppets? How are Muppets different from animated characters? How can you find out more about how the Muppets are created and operated?
  • Who is the audience for this movie? Are all the jokes written for kids? Why would filmmakers want to include jokes for adults in a kids' movie? Can you remember your favorite joke?
  • Did you recognize all the celebrities in the movie? Why do you think the filmmakers wanted celebrities in this movie? Why would the celebrities want to be in this movie?
  • How would you describe the relationship between Kermit and Miss Piggy? Do you think they have a healthy relationship? Does their relationship draw on any stereotypes about men or women?
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