Story

Muppets Most Wanted begins where the previous Muppets movie left off. The last Muppets show was a great success, but Kermit (voice of Steve Whitmire) doesn’t want to risk destabilising the group by taking on another project immediately. Media agent Dominic (Ricky Gervais) is offering the Muppets a great opportunity to tour the world, however. The Muppets don’t realise that Dominic is working for Constantine (voice of Matt Vogel), a Kermit lookalike, and a dangerous criminal on the country’s Most Wanted list.

Dominic encourages the Muppets to perform in the Berlin National Theatre despite a lack of funding – if they don’t sell the theatre out, it will be the end of the tour. Dominic suggests that Kermit go for a walk around Berlin, where there are ‘Wanted’ posters for Constantine everywhere. Kermit gets taken away by the authorities and Constantine takes over his identity. Constantine and Dominic set about trying to steal the Crown Jewels of England, hoping to go down in history as the greatest thieves of all time.

Kermit is imprisoned in a Russian gulag, where he is worshipped as an old friend by other inmates and seen as the head of the prison. Prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey) tells Kermit that if there is anything he needs, he should simply ask. After many failed attempts at escape, Kermit is told that he might have his sentence reviewed if he helps with running an inmate musical performance Nadya is trying to organise. Slowly, the other prisoners come to respect Kermit as himself and not because they think he’s Constantine.

The other Muppets finally realise what’s happening and find their way to the gulag to rescue Kermit. They overhear Constantine tell Dominic that Miss Piggy (voice of Eric Jacobson) will be killed after she has served her purpose – a false wedding with Constantine to give Dominic time to steal the Crown Jewels. The Muppets race to save the day before this evil plan is realised.

Themes

Family and friendship; betrayal; crime; good versus evil

Violence

Muppets Most Wanted has some mild violence played for comedy, including when Constantine runs through a prison, knocking people over by jumping on them. He then blows the prison up with a remote control.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Muppets Most Wanted has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:

  • Younger children might be scared or confused by the presence of an evil Kermit lookalike.
  • Kermit is thrown into prison where conditions are tough. Some children might find this scary.
  • There are several explosions. 

From 5-8

Most children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in Muppets Most Wanted

From 8-13

There is nothing of concern for children of this age group in Muppets Most Wanted.

Over 13

There is nothing of concern for children of this age group in Muppets Most Wanted.

Sexual references

Nothing of concern 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Muppets Most Wanted shows some use of substances when a French frog drinks wine with his dinner. 

Nudity and sexual activity

Muppets Most Wanted has some limited sexual activity. For example:

  • Kermit and Piggy kiss each other.
  • Napoleon flirts with Piggy, but there is no intimacy between them. 

Product placement

Muppets Most Wanted promotes the Muppets brand, and there is plenty of associated merchandise being marketed to children. 

Coarse language

Muppets Most Wanted has some very mild coarse language, name-calling and nasty comments about pigs. 

Ideas to discuss with your children

Muppets Most Wanted is a story about friendship, loyalty and, above all else, family.

This movie highlights the enduring nature of the bonds we form with other and the trust that we put in our friends to look after us when times are hard. It also shows that honest and good-natured people usually triumph over those with evil intentions – precisely because honest people usually have more people who care about them.

We recommend parental guidance for children under six years, because children in this age group might be scared or confused by some scenes in Muppets Most Wanted. Otherwise this is a holiday movie for the whole family.