The Happytime Murders aims for shock value, laughs, and a fun time. Unfortunately, the film is not funny nor fun. What’s shocking though is how bad it truly is.
In a world where puppets and humans live on Earth, a detective named Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) goes on a journey to find out who is murdering a large portion of puppets.
The Happytime Murders wants to make you laugh; and desparately, too. However, not once during the film’s entire running time, did I laugh once. I actually thought the trailer looked okay, and was interested in seeing what the filmmakers what do. What they did in the end, was create a boring, and unfunny mess.
All the characters were underdeveloped, and I did not care for a single one of them. It seems as if the film’s writer wanted to get as many people in the theatre to laugh, and forget about the story of the film, which is extremely lazy.
Another thing I did not appreciate was the fact that this film only went for shock value humor and did not have any jokes that weren’t in that nature.
The acting in the film, particularly by McCarthy, was also not good. Thankfully the film was just a little bit over the one hour and thirty minute mark.
The Happytime Murders is an extremely unfunny, boring, and poorly written film that misses every opportunity.
Overall Grade: D
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks
Directed by: Brian Henson
Distributed by: STX Entertainment
Running Time: 91 minutes