One of the greatest joys I've had as a parent is introducing my children to the things I loved as a child. Among those early loves are the Muppets. I was such a big Muppet fan as a kid that I sang "The Rainbow Connection" at a school talent show in fourth grade (thank goodness there were no iPhone cameras at the time — it was not a performance worth memorializing!). But when Jason Segel brought The Muppets to the screen again in 2011, I couldn't wait to introduce the next generation to Kermit, Fozzy, Gonzo, and the gang. And, to my delight, they ate it up and got right into the Muppet spirit.
We eagerly anticipated their large-screen return and couldn't wait to see Muppets Most Wanted, which opens nationwide today. And while the sequel didn't draw them (or me) in quite as strongly as the last one, there are more than a few reasons to add it to your to-do list this weekend.
The movie starts where the previous one left off — with all the characters standing outside the theater after their triumphant return. There's talk (and song) about creating a sequel and then a meeting with a sleazy business manager, Dominic Badguy ("It's pronounced 'bah-JEE.' It's French"), played by Ricky Gervais. What the Muppets don't know is that Badguy is working with the world's most wanted criminal, Constantine, who looks just like Kermit the Frog, with the addition of a mole above his lip. After Kermit is mistaken for Constantine and sent to serve time in a Russian prison, Constantine joins the Muppets on a European adventure that serves as a front to hide his plans to steal the British Crown Jewels. Along the way, there are song-and-dance routines, a ton of cameos, a twisted plotline, and plenty to keep kids on their toes.
Read on for six reasons why you and your family should get excited for the Muppets' latest caper.