Family time is a really big deal for me. If Ryan and I could pick anyplace to be it would most likely to be with each other and our kids. But one thing we don’t do a lot of as a family is watch movies.
I know I might be in the minority here, but I don’t really care for a lot of what is billed as “family movies”. My kids get scared easily and I don’t need a week of nightmares after watching something. Or the characters use crude humor, which I certainly don’t need my kids hearing. Or, in order to keep the adults interested and entertained, they have a bunch of innuendo that or course my kids won’t get, but it irritates me just the same.
I grew up on the Cosby’s, Family Ties and The Muppets. I grew up watching shows that you could actually watch as a whole family and not cringe. So I had HIGH hopes for the Muppets movie when I was invited to an early screening. I was so excited for my girls to get a taste of something that was so special to me when I was their age.
I truly cannot recommend this movie more. Jason Segel, from How I Met Your Mother fame, has stayed completely true to the Muppets when writing this movie. In fact the whole movie is like a love story to the days when innocence still could be found on TV.
Is this a kid’s movie? I suppose it is. My kids certainly loved it. But honestly? It is a movie written for those of us who grew up in the era of the Muppets. There are all sorts of little 80s references in the movie from Tab to Molly Ringwald. I laughed so much and maybe even cried a bit. Ok I full out cried when they sang “Rainbow Connection.” I think I kept the smile on my face for a good hour after I left the theater.
Are there scary parts? The villain in the movie raps. And he is hilarious. Chris Cooper is just brilliant. Is their toilet humor? Well there is literally some toilet humor (you will just have to see) and my kids still say it was there favorite part. And are their inside jokes that only the adults get? Absolutely, but not a single one of them is one I would mind my kids being let in on.
The best part of this movie is that we saw it last weekend and my kids are still asking to see Muppets clips on You Tube. I hope Hollywood is listening. THIS is the kind of movies families want to see.
Who wants to go? I need an excuse to see it again.
What do you love this weekend. Or just link up a Thanksgiving post about what you are thankful for. And I am truly thankful for my readers. The fact that anyone would want to read the crazy I write week after week is a blessing to me. Happy Thanksgiving!!