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Presenting The Muppets!

Family Movie Night


By Karyn Bowman


Wasn’t that heat we had last week something else?


I did not see many of my neighbors out of their house and the ones who were went back in as quick as they could.


I cut the length of my walks with the dog and I soaked him with water before we started. Even so, there were days he did not want to walk or even think about chasing a squirrel. If you saw a black dog suddenly drop and roll around in the grass, that might have been my guy.


The one thing that is driving him crazy lately are the cats on our street. There is the tuxedo cat that saunters around but has figured out our house is one to avoid. A grey cat lives at the neighbor’s house across the street but she is content to aggravate Storm from afar. However, there is a tortoise shell tabby that seems determined to become a member of our house.


It has tried coming in the house; it has tried coming over to our front porch while the dog was there. The cat will follow the humans as we walk around town. While I feel sorry for the skinny little thing, I am not taking this cat in just so it can be a snack for the dog.


Now that the heat wave is over, I am thankful for the return of cool mornings. I just hope we do not have to brave 100 degree temperatures again this summer.


Poster Image from IMDb.com

One of the ways we, as a family, tried to beat the heat was by watching The Muppets starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams along with the whole cast of muppets. Segal and Adams are a couple who plan a trip to Hollywood with his muppet brother, Walter, to see the sights and especially the Muppet Theater.


But while there, they find out that the theater is being sold. While the new owner says he will re-open it as a museum, the truth is he plans to tear it down and drill for oil. So our trio locates Kermit and tell him of the oilman’s destructive plans.


And you know the only thing to do to save the old is to put on a show, which means collecting everybody from the far reaches of the world, including Miss Piggy. Once Kermit gets a low-rent network to put on the telethon, he is told to get a current star to host. That might involve a little kidnapping but it is the muppets. They look adorable as they do it.


While this movie was fun, I guess I was expecting something more. Or maybe the problem was I saw all of the best bits in trailers. I knew the funny parts and the others were okay but not great.


The movie explores the idea that the Muppets are old hat and no longer relevant. I don’t think that is entirely true but the other part of that is remaining fresh is coming up with bits that are funny and true with a modern flair. Other than Ms. Piggy working at Vogue Paris as the plus-size editor, I saw nothing really new.


As much as I enjoyed this movie, it is not one I would see again and again. This felt like an episode I might have watched 20 years ago. That would be like watching an episode of Saturday Night Live and the funniest skit involved “Da Bears” fans.


What this movie is good for is to watch with your kids or grandkids and point to the screen and go “look, there’s the Swedish chef” or “look, Ms. Piggy is doing the karate chop.” Enjoy Chris Cooper’s performance as the evil oilman and the way he says ‘maniacal laugh’ as well as his rap musical performance. Look for the multitude of cameos of actors who love the muppets.


When the movie is over, put it back in the case and take it back to the store. You might smile as you think about it and why wouldn’t you? It is the Muppets after all. But this is not one of the better Muppet movies.


Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.


What Haven’t I Seen Yet

Family Movie Night

by Karyn Bowman

As much as I love slogging through old movies I love, I also get excited about movies I have not seen – yet.

Poster Image from IMDb.com

My kids went to see The Muppets while it was still in the theater but they went without me. But it sounded like they had fun watching Jason Segal and his girlfriend, Amy Adams, try to save the Muppet Theater from a nefarious oilman.

There is singing and dancing a lots of good fun in this movie, according to my kids. Heck, one of the songs won an Oscar for Best Original Song in a movie. I am pretty sure the next time we watch a movie, it will be The Muppets.

Another family movie coming to the racks this week is Hop starring Russell Brand. You might be wondering if Brand can dial down his raunchy sense of humor for a kid movie. Well, he does for the most part and it is a lot of fun.

It is a sweet story about the son of the Easter Bunny who wants to be a drumming rock star instead taking over his dad’s role of the Easter Bunny.  To make matters worse, there is a takeover plot at the Easter Bunny factory and ninjas.

My issues are with James Marsden who annoys me greatly in this movie for being such a loser, a purposeful loser. I am not even sure he is interested in actually working. But he connects with the little bunny and they work together.

This is a movie kids can watch and there’s some potty humor. Adults won’t be hitting their head against the wall out of boredom but I think you can get away with never having to watch it again after the first time.

Now there are two movies coming out for adults that I am really interested in seeing.

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The first is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig as a fallen journalist investigating the 40-year-old disappearance of a young girl. He is aided by punker Rooney Mara in this gritty movie that goes into the dark places most of us avoid.

Mara received an Oscar nomination for her performance that is tight and heavy and perfect for this movie. This movie is rated ‘R’ for strong sexuality, brutal violence and strong language. A child or a sensitive soul should not view this movie.

Finally, there is another Oscar nominated movie that I am looking forward to seeing. Gary Oldman was nominated for his role as George Smiley, a worker within British Intelligence who is trying to figure out who is the double agent.

Oldman is joined by Ciarran Hinds, Colin Firth, Toby Jones and John Hurt in this action-packed movie that also gives great character studies. It is rated ‘R’ for violence and language. Because of the content, this is not an advisable movie for younger children. But for those who want to see great acting, well, join me in being excited to see it.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.