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The Muppets

A recent appearance by Kermit the Frog on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" reminds one that the Muppets owe their enduring popularity at least partly to their grown-up snark. Unfortunately, this comeback movie, a labor of love for mush-headed screenwriter and star Jason Segel, errs on the side of sweetness and nostalgia; except for a few good zingers from balcony dwellers Statler and Waldorf, there isn't much here for mom and dad. The plot is recycled from The Blues Brothers: when a slimy oil tycoon (Chris Cooper) schemes to tear down the old Muppets theater and drill for oil, Kermit reunites the old gang to stage a telethon and pay off the mortgage. With Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Zach Galifianakis, and an assortment of hip celebs (Ken Jeong, Sarah Silverman, Dave Grohl, John Krasinski) in three-second cameos.



  • James Bobin


  • Jason Segel
  • Amy Adams
  • Chris Cooper
  • Rashida Jones
  • Alan Arkin
  • James Carville
  • Donald Glover
  • Leslie Feist
  • Ken Jeong
  • Judd Hirsch
  • Rico Rodriguez
  • Jack Black
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Selena Gomez
  • John Krasinski
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Zach Galifianakis
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Emily Blunt


  • David Hoberman
  • Todd Lieberman
  • Jason Segal
  • Nicholas Stoller
  • John Scotti
  • Martin G. Baker

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