By Megan Bianco
As noted in the opening number of the latest Muppets extravaganza, Muppets Most Wanted is the puppet group’s seventh feature film since The Muppet Movie, 35 years ago.
For a decade, there seemed to be a dry spell for the popular family performers before Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller brought them back with a bang in The Muppets (2011). Now the revamped hit franchise is back a second time with Stoller and James Bobin penning the less than stellar Muppets Most Wanted.
After their successful comeback in the last movie, the Muppets are lured into management by a seedy agent named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who gets them gigs all across Europe. But the agent is secretly working with the “most dangerous frog in the world,” Constantine, a Kermit look-alike. The evil Constantine tricks Kermit into going into prison in his place and then takes over as leader of the Muppet Show.
Tina Fey and Ty Burrell co-star. Celeb cameos include Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Saoirse Ronan, Chloë Moretz and Tom Hiddleston.
As usual, the Muppets promise family-friendly entertainment for all ages, but Most Wanted seems to be fit more for the younger crowd, as evidenced by underwhelming box office numbers. While a gag or two tickles the adult sense of humor, parents will find themselves sitting through an hour and 42 minutes of entertainment meant for kids.