The Happytime Murders

Release Date: August 24th, 2018

R |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Leslie David Baker, Joel McHale, Cynthy Wu, Michael McDonald, Mitch Silpa

Director: Brian Henson

Genres: Mystery , Comedy

Production Co: On the Day, Henson Alternative

Distributors: STX Films

Keywords: 2010s , Hilarious , Lighthearted , Pursuit , Mystery , Murder , Bar , Quest , Los Angeles , Amusing ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 30
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    It has its moments, several of which are provided by Ms. Rudolph, putting a spin on the girl-friday role. She has one scene of utter hilarity that shouldn’t be spoiled, and can’t be printed anyway, but may lead to “pilafing” becoming the word of the year on Urban Dictionary. show more

  • 40
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    While the actors and puppeteers are committed to The Happytime Murders’ surreal reality, they almost do too good a job: This world’s authenticity is so complete that you’re left mostly slogging through how inanimate most everything else about the movie is. show more

  • 70
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    It's more than funny enough, packing lots of genuine, if frequently tasteless, laughs into its relatively brief running time show more

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