It’s not fair for me to call The Happytime Murders the “worst film of 2018.”

After all, I’ve seen neither of this summer’s two talking-dog family films, and I’m sure one of them can compete for that title.

The R-rated puppet murder mystery is really bad, though. And it’s not the concept.

We’ve seen both cartoons and puppets go “hard-R” before - the most popular of the latter might be Trey Parker’s and Matt Stone’s Team America: World Police.

So, director Brian Henson (son of the late Jim Henson) and screenwriter Todd Berger aren’t exactly breaking new ground. But The Happytime Murders is so poorly written and edited - from the opening scene to the ending - that you’ll begin to wonder how on Earth this film ever made it to wide release.

 

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