We have seen a fair number of comedies debut so far in 2018, with R-rated romps like Blockers, Deadpool 2, and Game Night standing out as some stellar examples. However, the genre is about to get odder later this summer with the release of The Happytime Murders, which will take seemingly family-friendly puppets and inject them into the hard-R world of a Los Angeles detective story. Melissa McCarthy is headlining the affair, and as the actress explained to CinemaBlend and other outlets during a visit to the set last year, she has no intention of letting her kids watch it, even with the puppets. McCarthy explained:
So, don't let the puppets fool you; this is not a Sesame Street-esque movie that Melissa McCarthy thinks kids should see. The Happytime Murders may include puppet characters and some colorful personalities, but it's still very much an R-rated movie that pushes the envelope in terms of content. The film will actively acknowledge that these puppets have a collective legacy as children's entertainers, but it will depict the "edgy" nature of their lives when the cameras aren't rolling.
Elsewhere in Melissa McCarthy's remarks about The Happytime Murders, the actress continued and explained how the film is specifically aimed at older audiences, with the puppets merely serving to accent the more mature material. She said:
The Happytime Murders centers its story on veteran detectives Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) and Philips (Bill Barretta), who are forced to team up when a series of murders start taking place in the puppet underworld. Along the way, they find themselves embroiled in a massive conspiracy full of drugs, sex, and gratuitous violence. Based on that description alone, it makes perfect sense to know that Melissa McCarthy thinks the kids should wait to see this one.
The Happytime Murders will premiere in theaters later this summer on August 24. Make sure to keep it here for more updates related to the bizarre buddy cop comedy, and head over to our movie premiere guide to get more information on all of the other films that are set to premiere this year!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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