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Muppets Most Wanted | 2014 | PG | - 1.3.2

In a case of mistaken identity Kermit the Frog (voiced by Steve Whitmire) is arrested as the notorious jewel thief Constantine (Matt Vogel). Constantine's henchman, Dominic "Number Two" Badguy (Ricky Gervais), takes over as the Muppets' European theater manager while the thief impersonates Kermit. Also with Tina Fey, Bill Berretta, Ty Burrell, Eric Jacobson, Jermaine Clement, Ray Liotta, Dave Goetz and Christopher Waltz. Directed by James Bobin. A few scenes are in German with English subtitles. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A frog and a pig kiss briefly in close up. A female pig knocks a frog to the floor and kisses him several times. A pig kisses the picture of a frog. A woman kisses a picture of a frog.
 A pig says that she and a frog should kiss a lot in the next movie sequel they make. A man says to a huge hairy Muppet, "You set my world on fire," implying love and sexual attraction. A frog says to a pig, "You're my lady and I'm your man, Baby!" A frog sings the song, "I can get you anything you want" to the pig, proposes and the pig accepts. A female pig daydreams of marrying a frog and raising children; we see a green baby pig and a pink baby frog. An Interpol agent questions a pig, saying later, "I think she likes me." A frog says about a strong female pig, "What a woman!" and another frog replies, "Yeah, MY woman!"
 Male prisoners in three scenes dance while wearing long underwear; a few of the men wear tights and midriff blouses or long underwear and tutus instead, playing female parts (we see a few hairy bare bellies and belly buttons). A production number includes women wearing one-piece swimsuits that show some cleavage. A female pig wears low-cut dresses that reveal a suggestion of some Muppet cleavage. A human female wears a tight cat suit that hugs the curves of her large bosom. A woman in a background shot wears short-shorts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A frog uses a remote control detonator to blow things up with a muffled bang and streams of smoke: He blows off the door to his cell, the large door of a bank vault and a pay phone; later, he blows a man out of a helicopter cockpit and off-screen while still on the ground (the man is smudged with grime after the event); he blows up an entire prison in the background of one scene, half-filling the screen with flames and smoke as we hear a loud boom. A hairy Muppet pushes a TNT detonator attached to nothing to make a "bang," a flash of light with a little smoke. A cupcake explodes with a splat inside the suit of armor of a scientist Muppet.
 A frog escapes prison and in a hallway we see his shadow kick two guards and take their rifles and then walks through another hallway, kicking, punching and head-butting other guards, all of them falling unconscious; he later says, "It's not easy being mean." A frog slams a heavy door in the face of a human (no blood) and knocks the man onto the floor after the man rises and begins to sing. Police officers grab a frog and throw him into a wagon, driving him to a gulag in Siberia; the frog is shown in a straitjacket and muzzled and he falls off a two-wheeled handcart until prisoners pick him up to shove him into a recycling machine, but a female guard stops them with a drawn handgun that looks like a taser; she tells the frog that he will never be released and later licks his back and sticks him to a stone wall to freeze. A female guard tasers a male human prisoner and the man falls off-screen; we see sparks of electricity and the man shouts briefly in pain.
 A studio filming sequence shows army men firing rifles that smoke up the set; one soldier tosses a grenade that explodes with a muffled bang to create a lot of smoke.
 A frog kidnaps a pig in a helicopter and pulls out a handgun while another frog climbs into the helicopter with help from Muppets that make a ladder of themselves in a windy place by a river where a pig grabs the gun-toting frog by the feet and slams his head back and forth on the cockpit windows, stunning him (no blood is shown). A frog slaps another frog in the face twice and later the second frog slaps the first frog in the face once. A wild Muppet with big teeth bites a frog Muppet on the arm (no damage is seen) and another frog falls from theater rafters to a stage below, landing on his back, but no injury occurs. A tall rat driving a locomotive leans out the window and is hit in the face by two signs beside the tracks and a flying pigeon that loses some feathers.
 Three Muppets trudge through severe snow and ice, pushing away icicles forming in their hair; then the camera cuts to a scene of the three as they crawl through burning desert sands. A frog in a karate outfit in his bedroom breaks several boards with cracking noises. Dozens of Muppets and humans are stuck to a frozen wall outside in a gulag, but most drop off unharmed, one by one.
 An indoor "running of the bulls" is done with Muppets on a stage and we see red material that is supposed to be a woman in a red cat suit, fly above the bulls' heads several times; the camera cuts to the woman backstage, in tatters and smudged all over with black grime. Criminals in several scenes dig tunnels and use sledge hammers to pound holes in the walls of two banks with some loud banging noises. A female prison guard yells, "Lights out!" and we hear a big crash; when the lights are turned back on, we see the guard getting up off the floor from where she fell. An evil frog falls through a trapdoor at a wedding and gets caught in a rope net, but escapes and pulls a handgun on the wedding party; he hits a remote control device and a female pig's ring is a bomb that begins ticking off an LED timer that is attracted to the magnetized metal armor of a scientist Muppet and sticks to it; the armor and the Muppet shoot through a church stained glass window, shattering it with a crack and landing in the Thames River, soaking the bomb and disabling it.
 A frog and a pig argue loudly several times about whether to get married or not. We hear that a Muppet fell and spent six months in a cast; he called that "good times." A French Interpol agent and a Muppet FBI agent argue loudly in several scenes. Two theater members find a large suitcase full of bombs and when a frog appears, he puts large metal teeth into his mouth, then snaps at the other two characters, which run. A frog says that he will kill a pig, stating, "When she has outlived her usefulness – KABOOM – It will be bacon for breakfast." A character makes reference to "Germany and Vomitberg."
 Jail food is burned black with feathers visible and a cook serves up bowls of chicken skeletons. A dwarf puppet that looks like a baby makes a flatulent noise with his lips during a bank break-in. A frog crawls up a pipe to a waterless indoor "outhouse," but there is no water or debris. A frog tunnels out of prison and emerges in close-up in a black, tarry mud pool. An evil frog is returned to a Siberian gulag.
 Two criminals break dozens of porcelain statues to find a key, which they take to a vault, where they find a skeleton holding another key. A French agent drives a small car through a group of waiters in an outdoor café, but no one is hit.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 mild scatological reference (Poopenberg), 4 mild exclamations (What the [blank]? and shut-up), name-calling (stupid, fools, insane, monkey, Bucko, Kermit-person, evil frog, bad frog, evil criminal), stereotypical references to men, women, Americans, the French, Russians, the British, government agents, international jewel thieves, actors, divas, doppelgangers, karate experts, dwarves, 2 religious exclamations (Please, God! So Help You God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man pours a glass of champagne for a female pig Muppet (she does not drink it), and a man in a theater audience holds a large glass of red wine while he eats a handful of folded pancakes (he does not drink anything).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, family, loyalty, crime and consequences, different cultures, traveling in Europe, kidnapping.

MESSAGE - Family and friends are everything.

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