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The Muppets [2011] [PG] - 2.3.1



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When Muppet Theater comes under threat from an evil oil tycoon (Chris Cooper), two fans (Amy Adams and Jason Segel) help reunite the Muppets for a non-stop night of fundraising and fun. Also with Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin, Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Selena Gomez. Directed by James Bobin. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A male muppet and a female muppet are caught kissing as theater lights come on; they stop immediately. A female muppet kisses a male muppet. A male muppet kisses a chicken muppet.
 A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A woman leans against a man, wrapping her arms around him. A woman in the background is seen leaning against a man as they sit on the ground. A man and woman hold hands and dance hand-in-hand. A man lifts up a woman and spins her around as they dance.
 We see a photograph of a young man with his arm around a young woman and standing next to them is a young woman with a muppet's arm around her waist. A female muppet shakes her chest as she dances. Female chicken muppets shake their tail feathers.
 A muppet tells an audience that he is going to imagine them naked; he closes his eyes and when he opens them again we see people wearing slips and tank tops, and the muppet corrects himself saying, "Sort of naked." We see men and women on a beach: men are shown wearing Speedo-style swimsuits and two women are seen from behind wearing bikinis and a portion of their bare backs are visible. We see women on a beach wearing one-piece bathing suits. A boy is seen wearing a bathing suit and we see his bare back and chest. Four women wearing decorated one-piece bathing suits dance around as showgirls (no cleavage is visible and the suits have a fringe skirt). A female muppet wears various low-cut dresses (no cleavage is visible).
 A muppet tells another muppet to imagine an audience of humans naked. A man wearing a figure-hugging CGI motion-tracking suit covered with small sensor balls is heard saying, "I'm not done with my balls."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A muppet asks a man to throw him over a fence and a woman warns that she thinks the fence is electrified: we hear a crunching sound as the man folds up the muppet's legs and throws him against the fence, sizzling is also heard and we see large sparks as the muppet is electrocuted and falls to the ground with smoke coming off his hair and his face is singed (he acts unharmed).
 Muppets attack a man, wrapping a rope around his torso and putting a bag over his head, a muppet karate-chops the man's neck and we later hear shouting and see the trunk of a car moving, implying that the man was stuffed in the trunk. A man tied to a chair shouts as muppets hoist him in the air. A muppet asks another muppet for kerosene so the muppet can burn some dresses, and a third muppet punches the first muppet in the face and we hear a thud as the muppet falls to the ground. A man swings and punches another man; we hear a bell sound as the man dramatically falls over. Several men punch and wrestle one another and the sounds of bells ring as men fall to the ground. A man is seen pinned under two other men and he shouts at several muppets. A man and a muppet fight over a pair of bolt cutters as they climb a high antenna, the muppet shoves the man and he falls to the ground; moments later the man groans and begins to move and we later see the man with a small cut on his cheek.
 A muppet swings his arm around, about to throw a bowling ball at the head of a man, who is tied to a chair with a bowling pin on his head, the muppet shouts that his hand is stuck and we see him continue to swing his arm around throughout the movie, until he releases the bowling ball into a man's stomach; the man falls over and gets up moments later, dazed. Several muppets, a man and two women watch a television show called, "Punch the Teacher"; we see a man with his head in a stockade about to be punched and a comical punching sound is heard.
 A muppet holding a muppet chicken dramatically jumps off a building, hits a sign as he falls, lands in a large crate filled with packing peanuts and is unharmed. A man throws a fencing foil through a television screen that two muppets are watching and we see the screen shatter. A woman grabs a muppet's arm and pulls him toward her, and she grabs the muppet's shirt, shaking him slightly and shouting at him.
 A muppet detonates an explosion that causes a giant factory to blow up; we do not see the explosion, but we hear it and see dust fly through the air as muppets, a man and a woman duck and one of the muppets coughs from the dust (they are unharmed). We see multiple comical explosions: A muppet's hair is blown off as another muppet conducts an experiment in a science lab, but the muppet is seen moments later unharmed with his hair intact; a muppet is sucked into a tube and comes out the other end extremely small, but moments later he has returned to full size; a muppet pushes an explosive detonator, we see a puff of smoke and dust, the muppet's face is covered in ash and when the dust settles the muppet's face is seen carved into Mt. Rushmore; a muppet detonates a small explosion, we see smoke rise up, his face and teeth are singed and he falls over; a muppet uses a blowtorch to clean moldy food from a refrigerator.
 A man and a muppet practice fencing: the man hits the muppet repeatedly as another muppet keeps score. A muppet accidentally hits another muppet on the head with a toilet brush. A muppet plays the drums on the heads of four small fuzzy creatures, and they squeak "ouch." A muppet tells a boy to throw him into the air, and we see the muppet catch a baseball and fall back into the arms of the boy, who sets him down unharmed. A robot clanks into furniture and walls as it slowly leaves a room; we hear the robot say "ouch" repeatedly. A muppet slams into the glass of a television as he tries to walk through it; he pounds on the glass and shouts. A muppet flies through the air and slams into a cabinet; cereal pours onto his head and he stands up, unharmed. A man accidentally knocks a muppet into the air, the muppet flies through the air and we see him moments later unharmed. A young man flings open a door, smashing a muppet behind it; the muppet slinks out from behind the doorway, unharmed. Several muppets cram into a large suit; they walk unsteadily through a room, accidentally knocking into a lamp until they fall to the ground (the muppets climb out of the suit unharmed). A muppet dramatically shouts and runs away, we see a muppet-sized hole in the wall and then see that the muppet is unharmed. During a dance number, we see a man partially fall backwards; he is propped up by another man and a woman. Several people collapse to the ground after a long dance number. We see various muppets being pulled away by the crook of a cane. A muppet demonstrates a yoga pose; we see his arms and legs twisted into a knot. A muppet passes out from a surprise; he wakes up unharmed and almost passes out again moments later.
 We hear dramatized gunshots in the distance, followed by the sound of police sirens and we see flashing police lights. We see a man throughout a portion of the movie tied to a chair; he shouts at the audience, asking them to call the police because he had been kidnapped. A man gasps for air, rolling down the windows of a car as it drives out of the ocean. A robot driving a car backs into a telephone pole; the telephone wires spark and fall to the ground (no one is injured). Several muppets in a car drive erratically down a street.
 A muppet screams continuously for what appears to be a long amount of time and a man and a woman are seen putting their hands over their ears. A man, a woman, and two muppets scream and hold their ears as a robot makes a loud modem dial-up sound. A muppet beats drums wildly while shouting. After a musical number where four muppets surround a man and wrap his head with a towel, the man shouts angrily when his head appears to have shrunk (he is seen unharmed moments later). A muppet tries to jump into the arms of a noticeably smaller muppet; the muppet jumps and smashes the small muppet (they are both unharmed).
 We see a man holding an axe next to a sparking fuse box and it is implied the man had used the axe to break the fuse box, causing the electricity to go out in a theater; a woman restores the electricity moments later, and a muppet asks, "Is everyone okay" and muppets nod yes.
 A muppet shouts at other muppets and angrily slams her head into a desk twice. On multiple occasions a muppet shouts at another muppet. A man shouts at a muppet. A man shouts from behind the door of a trailer. A muppet shouts at small angel and devil muppets that appear over his shoulder. Three boys laugh at a muppet in a teasing fashion and the muppet is obviously upset. A man shouts angrily at two muppets, slamming his hands on a table. On two occasions we see a man instructing two muppets to have "a maniacal laugh," and hear the two muppets and the man cackling. A man shouts at several muppets, saying, "You're dead!" Two muppets overhear a muppet telling other muppets and a man that she had "punched a guy in the face." A muppet shouts angrily at another muppet, and the muppet remarks to another muppet that the shouting muppet "terrifies" him. An older muppet jokes that half of the audience of the movie is not alive. We see newspaper headlines about a man having a head injury. A muppet tells other muppets that they should not have kidnapped a man. A muppet tells another muppet that he had seen the muppet jump a motorbike through a flaming hoop. A muppet sings a song to a picture of several muppets and the lyrics are "remember when your stage caved in." A muppet jokingly suggests that another muppet could set a muppet on fire for entertainment. A muppet makes a joke that the catch of the day at a restaurant was salmonella.
 We see a muppet using a whetstone to sharpen a knife as other muppets look at her. A man crushes a can in his hands, angrily. A boy and a muppet are seen playing with squirt guns, and laughing as they shoot one another.
 We see a boy dressed up as a vampire; a small drip of obviously fake blood is seen on his lip. The sound of flatulence is heard and a muppet shows off his "fart shoes" (we see whoopee cushions tied to his shoes). A muppet offers to put on "fart shoes" again and we hear the sound of flatulence as he walks. A muppet eats with her mouth open, and we see crumbs covering her mouth and hear the sounds of lips smacking. A man has hotdog sauce covering his face as he eats. A man and a muppet are seen brushing their teeth, and they both make spitting sounds (no spittle is visible). Several muppets and a man sit on open toilets in a warehouse and a woman declines sitting on the toilet.

PROFANITY 1 - 1 mild anatomical term, name-calling (sausage snout, freaks, weirdoes, hippy-dippy, idiot), exclamations (oh my gosh, heck), 2 not fully enunciated religious exclamations ("oh my ga-"). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A hippy that looks like Willie Nelson sings the word "high" as a solo in a song, possibly implying drug use.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, sticking together, believing in yourself, teamwork, disappointment, dreams coming true.

MESSAGE - Old friendships are very important. Teamwork can make anything possible.

(Note: In an extended short preceding the film we see a girl slide into a ball-pit, a toy dinosaur and a toy spaceman clatter down a slide and a small toy jumps onto the head of a toy spaceman, knocking him unconscious (he later wakes up unharmed). We see also "misfit" toys, including a toy that accidentally punches another toy and has a black eye, a karate-chopping toy that chops through plastic "wood," a female mermaid toy wearing a mid-drift exposing top, and a transparent plastic body with veins and nervous system painted on it; a toy that punches is seen releasing its arm and it accidentally punches another toy, knocking it over, a toy tackles another toy and we see the toy tied to a chair and then released unharmed and a tiny toy slaps the behind of another toy and it blushes.)

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