Directed by Brian Henson.
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Leslie David Baker, Joel McHale, Michael McDonald, Ben Falcone, Dorien Davies, Cynthy Wu, Mitch Silpa, Hemky Madera, Ryan Tran, Fortune Feimster, Brekkan Spens, Benjamin Cole Royer, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Gaul, Jim Palmer, Dennis Keiffer, Michael Croner, Brett Wagner, Colleen Smith, Kevin Clash, Drew Massey, Patty Guggenheim, Allan Trautman, Victor Yerrid, Ted Michaels, and Brian Henson.
When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced Lapd detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.
To director Brian Henson’s credit, The Happytime Murders manages to make a puppet spraying silly string ejaculate head bangingly boring. A Basic Instinct homage showing a certain puppet’s purple pubic hair doesn’t so much shock, more give way to a sigh of absolute exasperation.
It’s all so spectacularly lame.