Common Sense Note
Parents need to know Muppets Most Wanted is the star-studded sequel to 2011's musical comedy The Muppets; the tone is definitely light overall, but this one has a little more edge than its predecessor. Families with Muppets fans know to expect sight gags, physical comedy, and some light romance between Miss Piggy and Kermit (and in this case, his Doppelganger, Constantine). There's some playful ridiculing of the leisurely European lifestyle (six-hour lunches, three-week vacations, work days that end at 2 p.m.) and some grown-up-targeted prison humor and pop-culture references. Language is light but includes words like "butt" and "idiot." Since much of the movie takes place in a Russian prison, there are several scenes that feature armed guards holding large guns, as well as a couple of big sequences in which Constantine fights with people and sets off (or tries to) loud explosives -- but no one is shown getting hurt.
Kermit is mistakenly arrested and thrown in the Gulag, where conditions are tough and the guards all have weapons, mostly big guns. Constantine, who can be very menacing, fights with the armed guards (kicking and hitting) as he escapes the Gulag, whereas Kermit tries to escape via the toilet. Constantine sets off loud explosions, but no one is shown getting hurt. Nadya tasers a prisoner, who's shown twitching from the shock. An item a character wears turns out to be an explosive device.
The words "butt," "idiot," and "stupid" are used a couple of times; some occasional swine humor is directed at Miss Piggy.
The characters provide strong messages about teamwork and selflessness -- knowing those you love well enough to recognize when something is wrong or someone needs help. The Muppets have really strong friendships, and they would do anything to rescue Kermit, who in turn, loves all of his Muppet pals.
The Muppets have strong merchandising ties to toys, apparel, accessories, home decor, and -- of course -- their own programs and movies on DVD.
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Miss Piggy is offered a glass of champagne; another (adult) character has wine.