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The Muppets

Rated PG 98 minutes 2011

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.

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Official Site: disney.go.com/muppets/?cmp=wdsmp_mup_url_dcommuppets

Director: James Bobin

Producer: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Jason Segal, Nicholas Stoller, John Scotti and Martin G. Baker

Cast: 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 and Emily Blunt

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