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Very Merry Muppet Christmas

 PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Kermit takes center stage in this hilarious, parody-laden celebration of Muppetry, pulsating with original music, a star-studded cast of human cameos, and a heartwarming story reminiscent of "It's a Wonderful Life." Joan Cusack plays the deliciously villainous Miss Bitterman, a ruthless banker who succeeds in foreclosing on the Muppet Theatre only days before Kermit's Christmas extravaganza. As Kermit loses his livelihood, he plunges into the "I wish I'd never been born" mind-set instantly recognizable to George Bailey fans. It's going to take some Divine intervention (Whoopi Goldberg is cast as God, no less), plus a little help from a heavenly "Clarence." Despite some moments where the script seems adrift (how hard it must be to live up to the irresistible precedent set by the 1979 premier Muppet Movie) and some humor that borders on risqué, Fozzie and the gang are in fine form. The message is sweet: dreams are as vital to life as loyal friendships are to see them through. (Ages 5 and older) --Lynn Gibson

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Muppetful Life Dec 11 2003
The mortgage is coming due on the Muppet Theater. If Kermit and company can pull off a spectacular Christmas show, they´¿ll be able to buy it. Otherwise, it´¿ll fall to the evil Miss Bitterman who inherited the bank from her recently deceased father. She wants them to fail so she can demolish the theater for a trendy nightclub. When things go wrong on Christmas Eve, it looks like the gang will be separated for good.
Fortunately, their plight has caught the attention of an angel in Heaven. When God sends ´¿DannyL´¿ down to help, Kermit wishes he´¿d never been born. The results surprise him. But how can his revelation that he does matter help them out of their situation?
If you think the plot of this movie sounds like another Christmas movie, you´¿d be correct. Still, the gang manages to keep us entertained through the entire story with a fantastic show at the theater and with Fozzie´¿s hilarious attempts to get the money to the bank on time to name a couple fun moments. Some of the jokes will go over kid´¿s heads, but will make adults laugh out loud. There seems to be a bit too much sexual humor, usually involving Joan Cusack´¿s Miss Bitterman character. Most of it will go over kid´¿s heads, but why it needed to be there in a kid´¿s movie is beyond me. Speaking of whom, Ms. Cusack is over the top, but in a fun, campy performance that does fit the movie. David Arquette is a tad bumbling as DannyL, but Whoopi is enjoyable as God. And there are more cameos then you can shake a stick at.
I guess my biggest complaint with the movie is that it´¿s not as funny as I was expecting. They take parts of the story quite seriously without the trademark gags and puns we expect from the Muppets. Still, it´¿s a fun Christmas movie that will be enjoyed for years to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Muppets Are Back. Nov. 19 2003
By tvtv3
I originally watched this show when it aired on television in 2002. I taped it to watch again and again and was really glad to see it on DVD in time for the holiday season.
Like many people, I grew up on Jim Henson and the Muppets: from Sesame Street to Fraggle Rock to The Muppet Show and The Storyteller and all those great Muppet Movies. I mourned the day Jim Henson died and I was glad that the Muppets have continued to survive after his death.
With that said, IT'S A VERY MERRY MUPPET CHRISTMAS MOVIE isn't quite up to the Muppets of old, but it's getting close and in my opinion is better than MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND or MUPPETS IN SPACE. This movie is a parody of the treasured Christmas classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We are taken back to the Muppet Theatre and years after dismal shows and not much profit, it looks like the Muppets will finally be in the black and have enough money to buy the theatre. Then the big, bad bank lady comes and threatens to take it all away. Kermit is in despair and feels like he has let the whole gang down and thinks the world would be better if he had never been born. Like George Bailey, Kermit gets to see his wish and learns some valuable lessons.
I admit I wasn't happy seeing Whoopie Goldberg play God. However, this is a parody of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and voice overs with twinkling stars would be overkill. I didn't mind the blatant self-promotion by NBC because the Muppets have been blatantly self-promoting themselves for the past 20 years and even when Jim Henson was alive there was a little crossover (every watch "Muppet Babies"?). I also wasn't offended by the scene with Fozzie and the lasers--it seemed more of a tip of the hat to The Looney Toons than anything else.
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Forever the loyal Muppet fan that I am, I taped this when it premiered on TV last year. It was good seeing the Muppets back in action, but this feature was quite a disappointment and even a little mean-spirited at times. If you are a Muppet fan, the movie is worth seeing if you happen to catch it on TV...but worth buying? Yikes!
I was nauseated by the shameful NBC promotions cluttering up what is supposed to be a Muppet movie...not a commercial for Carson Daley Live and Fear Factor! Plus, the addition of such schlock smells desperately like an attempt to appeal to younger viewers simply by throwing in modern fads. Past Muppet movies ("Muppets From Space" aside) were appealing enough without having to stoop to such levels.
I agree with another viewer that the scene of Fozzie running through the lasers was NOT funny and even a tad disturbing...who wants to see a beloved Muppet icon get incinerated?
There were only two musical numbers: one was a confusing Moulin Rouge parody and the other a mediocre song sung by Gonzo.
Joan Cusack overacted to the point of being a distraction in the film.
The movie could lead a fan to fear that the Muppet magic has truly been lost. I certainly hope this is not the case. Up until this film, I thought the least impressive Muppet movie was "Muppets From Space." But that effort is "Citizen Kane" by comparison to this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What the heck happened?!? Nov. 12 2003
I've been a Muppet fan since 1979. I own every Muppet home video release that has ever been made available.
I love Muppet Family Christmas.
I love The Muppet Christmas Carol.
I... barely enjoyed A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
What went wrong?
This movie is badly put together, the editing is terrible(very choppy), and all of the humour came from scenes of physical violence, not something the Muppets are well known for. At times the humour was, well... sick. The scene with Fozzie going through the security lasers was awful.
Also the film, although colourful, was very dark.
I watched this movie with my fiance. We viewed it the day after we had watched The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and Muppets Magic From The Ed Sullivan Show, as a way to sort of get ourselves amped up for this Christmas feature.
A Very Merry Muppet Xmas paled in comparison to ALL of these.
The classic Muppet humour was gone completely, existing only in the out-takes, none of the characters really seemed to be playing THEMSELVES, and the human actors interaction with the Muppets seemed forced. I didn't believe Joan Cusack's acting for a second. Also the parodies didn't seem too much like they were actual parodies. They were more like unfunny promotions for the works that they were parodying.
David Arquette was great, as was Whoopi Goldberg. Eric is excellent as the new performer of Frank's characters. That's it. Those are my positive notes.
True Muppet fans like me should own this, only to keep their own collections complete, and to show the casual Muppet fan what they should avoid.
Throughout this entire review I have resisted the urge to come outright and say "This movie is crap."
Too bad the urge took me over:
Spend your money on any other Muppet product BUT this one.
Thank You.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the more boring movies
This is one of the more boring muppet movies. Watch it on tv once and you have seen enough of it. I will watch it again on tv but won't pay for it.
Published on Feb. 22 2012 by Apollo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Muppets enjoyed by the whole family.
A Hilarious movie! Our ages range from 6 to 35 years...we all enjoyed it! Some laughs in there specific to the adults, but not inappropriate for the kids.
Published on Jan. 6 2011 by Jenn
2.0 out of 5 stars meh, not great but not offensive
I didn't find it offensive like a lot of reviewers did but this movie was pretty boring and choppy. It really wasn't funny either, I missed the muppet humor. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2010 by UnRefined
3.0 out of 5 stars Involved Parent!
The movie wasn't spectacular, but it was passable Christmas Muppet fair. However, the reviewer who was offended by the Propecia joke is even more stupid than the film was. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by liplash
1.0 out of 5 stars PARENTS BEWARE!!!
Our parents bought this DVD for our kids this Christmas and after dinner we all cuddled up on the couch to watch what we thought would be another excellent Muppet movie. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by Involved Parent
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
I love the Muppets and used to watch The Muppet Show each time it was on, so I was thrilled to hear about another Muppet movie. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by zedthezonk
1.0 out of 5 stars Sacrilege!!! Jim Henson will be spinning in his grave !!!
Whatever happened to the good-humoured Muppets. This movie was just plain disturbing. Somehow the magic created by Jim Henson is impossible to recreate because this movie plain... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by V. Rijkborst
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Muppet Twist on a Christmas Classic
I'm not really going to go too much into the plot; I will just say it is a modern muppet version of "It's a Wonderful Life" with some other movies thrown in the mix :)... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by Steph
1.0 out of 5 stars Would give it 0 stars if I could.
Shame on everyone who took part in this. The Muppets have been dragged through the mud with this abysmal movie filled with inappropriate, suggestive dialogue and situations. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by J. Partyka
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I saw this on television the other night and it was just abysmal. I can't imagine what the "critics" are thinking who give this thing more than two stars. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Caleb D. Cochran
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