Anyone who was upset by the "mature" nature of ABC's 2015 Muppets revival will want to turn away from the red-band trailer for The Happytime Murders, the new comedy that takes a seriously wrong turn on the way to Sesame Street.
Directed by Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, the raunchy comedy is set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, where puppets and humans coexist, and ... apparently have sex. Against that backdrop, two mismatched detectives -- one of whom is played by Melissa McCarthy -- are tasked with solving the grisly murders of the former cast members of a beloved puppet television show. One that's definitely not Sesame Street.
No Sesame. All Street. The Happytime Murders is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.
As you might expect, the trailer contains plenty of profanity and violence, primarily from puppets, who also gamble, go to strip clubs, work as prostitutes, and force McCarthy's character to snort drugs. Oh, and have office sex, which leads to a prolonged, uncomfortable ejaculation joke (so ... fair warning).
Written by Todd Berger (The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol) and Dee Austin Robertson, director Brian Henson's The Happytime Murders stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks. The film opens Aug. 17.