Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 53 min.
Our content ratings (0-10): Violence ; Language; Sex/Nudity .
Our star rating (0-5): 4
See how they conceive evil,
and are pregnant with mischief,
and bring forth lies.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
Matthew 5:5 (The Message)
In this amusing tale, studded with funny musical numbers, our favorite puppets are approached by Dominic Badguy (Rickey Gervais), proposing that the Muppet troupe can build on their success by going on a world tour. The fake impresario tells them that his last name is pronounced Badgee, he being French, so Kermit sees nothing ominous in the last name. However Badguy is indeed what an Anglicized reading of his name implies. He is working for the would-be greatest robber of all time Constantin, an evil green frog who looks just like Kermit but for a wart on his cheek. His suggestion that the Muppets go on a world tour is part of an evil, elaborate plot.
How the villain escapes from his Siberian Gulag and Kermit is forced to take his place leads to plenty of thrills and laughs. Tina Fey as the head guard of the Gulag, who develops a crush on Kermit, adds plenty of craziness to the complicated plot. Constantin intends to become the greatest thief of all time by impersonating Kermit on the tour. At each major city the Muppets troupe plays next to or across the street from the bank or museum that they want to rob.
Meanwhile Sam the Eagle (CIA) and Inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon (Interpol) are conducting an investigation of the series of robberies, and the other Muppets find that their friend Kermit seems strangely changed. His claiming that his Russian-accented voice is due to his having a bad cold goes only so far. For a while even Miss Piggy is fooled, but–. How Kermit manages to escape from the Russian Gulag, and the other Muppets, led by Walter, Fozzie and Animal, discover the truth about Constantin results in a laugh-filled time of fun and thrills—for all ages. Keep a sharp eye out for celebrity actors playing cameo roles, especially in the dance troupe of prisoners in the gulag.