Continuity mistake: A cop walks up to the Lieutenant and tells him the press is here. He says "wonderful" facing that direction. But in the next shot when Phil is asking if he's free to go, the Lieutenant is instantly facing towards him. (00:12:20)
The Happytime Murders stars Melissa McCarthy as Det. Connie Edwards, a crude and rough burned out member of the LAPD who has to team up with her old partner and now private eye Phil Philips, who happens to be a puppet-formerly the only puppet ever to be a policeman. Someone is wiping out of the cast of a once-popular puppet show called Happytime, and the pair must try to stop the murders. It's a weird crime thriller meets comedy with human and puppet characters-think Lethal Weapon, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles tossed into a blender and made into a milkshake. It's strange, occasionally funny, perverse and satirical send up of cop buddy films, crime dramas and any number of puppet productions, but especially the one starting with the letter "M." If your cup of tea does not include gratuitous profanity, puppet sex, puppet carnage and mayhem, then this might not be the show for you. If you like any or all of those and are a fan of Melissa McCarthy as an action and comedic star, you may want to give this oddball film a shot.
Despite some good performances, The Happytime Murders was extremely disappointing. The concepts that should be creative are completely undermined by its approach to the raunchy humour, the methods of trying to further the story made little sense, it felt really long despite being 90 minutes and has probably one of the most anticlimactic third acts in movie history.
Side note: At the screening I watched this in, a couple left 40 minutes into the movie and never came back.
Connie Edwards: Yeah! I unsew your mother, and made a jacket out of her. (00:11:35)
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