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The Happytime Murders (2018)

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When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

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Brian Henson

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Todd Berger (screenplay by), Todd Berger (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Detective Connie Edwards
Elizabeth Banks ... Jenny
Maya Rudolph ... Bubbles
Leslie David Baker ... Lt. Banning
Joel McHale ... Agent Campbell
Cynthy Wu ... Brittenie Marlowe
Michael McDonald ... Ronovan Scargle
Mitch Silpa ... Tommy
Hemky Madera ... Tito
Benjamin Cole Royer Benjamin Cole Royer ... Rick
Brekkan Spens ... Dick
Ryan Tran ... Phil
Fortune Feimster ... Robin (as Emily Fortune Feimster)
Brian Palermo ... Paramedic (as Brian Joseph Palermo)
John Damon Jones John Damon Jones ... Police Station Guard
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Storyline

A murder mystery set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an '90s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a former cop, who has since become a private eye, takes on the case. Written by Anonymous

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Sex. Murder. Puppets. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happytime Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,532,425, 26 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,706,452, 27 September 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

A total of 125 puppets are in the film, with 40 specifically created for it. All of the sets were built so that puppeteers could stand on the floor and operate the puppets as if they were standing with straight arms. The floor of the sets came up in pieces, so the human actors had a two-foot margin to stay on their path. See more »

Goofs

The Silly String shot on the door of Phil's office changes positions throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Banning: Is Phil in?
Bubbles: He's servicing a client.
[noises of Phil and Sandra having sex are heard]
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Happytime Murders (2018) See more »

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It's time to admit it: Melissa McCarthy IS the problem
31 August 2018 | by LawnBoy-4See all my reviews

For years, Melissa McCarthy has been excused for the embarrassing dreck in which she has starred. It's always someone else's fault: the director, the writers, the cinematographer, etc. the fact is, throughout all of the failures (Identity Thief, Ghostbusters, Life of the Party, The Boss, Tammy), there has been one constant: Melissa McCarthy. It's time to stop giving her pass. She is funny ONLY in skits and small doses, but her tired, Chris Farley-retread act has long since worn thin. Her delivery is awful and she uses that annoying voice and bumbling choreography to mask the fact that she just...isn't...funny.

Of all of her embarrassments, Happytime Murders represents the true "bottom". Or so we can hope, because trying to imagine something even worse than this tripe is not an exercise in which I wish to engage.

To be honest, I only made it halfway through this abomination before making a hasty exit. That was 45?mins I'll never get back and its only potentially redeeming value exists in the fact that I can at least provide a warning to you, the viewer: Please do not spend a dime or a minute on this wreck. It deserves neither.


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