Imagine if you took "Muppets Take Manhattan" and smushed it together with "Goodfellas" and "Deadpool." All are great films, but when put together, it doesn't stand a chance. Just because you like spaghetti and ice cream, that doesn't mean you should try them together.
In "The Happytime Murders" a puppet/LAPD detective teams up with an old human partner named Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) to track down a murderer who is killing off the former cast of an old classic puppet TV show one by one. In this world, puppets and humans co-exist, though puppets are viewed as second class citizens. As multiple puppets are being viciously murdered, its up to the puppet detective to save as many of his kind as he can.
It's a raunchy comedy with very little to it. "The Happytime Murders" feels surprisingly lifeless from start to finish, with pointless jokes thrown into the mix. All you need to know about the movie is that puppets do naughty things, and that's supposed to be funny because ... well, because they're puppets.
That's it. That is the entire film.
The crass humor may be funny at first, but then it just keeps occurring over and over again, with no different types of jokes. Every comedic moment in the movie is almost the same, which gets increasingly old as the movie goes on.
It's almost as though the writers for the movie just wanted to ruin everyone's childhood by creating an overly violent, crude and shocking puppet movie. The violence and crudeness are definitely there, but in terms of shock, it comes out as annoyance instead.
The only aspect of "The Happytime Murders" that saves it from being the worst film of the year is the duo of McCarthy and Maya Rudolph. After both actresses appeared on SNL and starred in the hilarious "Bridesmaids" together, they're both known as two of the funniest comedic actresses working today.
Rudolph plays the puppet's secretary and is actually funny on her own. While it's not even close to being the performance of her career, she makes certain parts of the movie tolerable. McCarthy is also one of the funniest actresses working today, but her scenes alone are surprisingly underwhelming. However, when teamed with Rudolph, things seem like they're getting better.
That is, until the next puppet sequence.
If you're looking for a comedy in which you can actually laugh and have a good time, avoid "The Happytime Murders." It may seem from the trailers that the experience would be similar to watching "Stepbrothers" or even "Sausage Party."
Unfortunately, this is one of the worst comedies in years.
Worst Moment: Any scene with a puppet
Reasons to see this movie: None