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Melissa McCarthy stars in The Happytime Murders

Rondeau's Review: 'The Happytime Murders'

Let's get one thing straight right off the top - if you're looking for an important movie that's going to get a lot of Oscar buzz - "The Happytime Murders" is not the film for you.

But if you're looking for a totally gross sophomoric laugh out loud comedy that pushes the envelope of good taste and decorum - then this garish display of dirty puppets behaving badly just might be the filthy guilty pleasure of the year.

Let me walk you through it. Phil is a down-on-his-luck detective, and former police officer who got kicked off the force for accidentally shooting another puppet. But when a serial puppet killer starts a series of muppet murder, Phil is forced to team up with his former human partner, a foul-mouthed sugar addict played by Melissa McCarthy.

"The Happytime Murders" is so raunchy it's hard to even find a clip suitable to show a mainstream audience, and that's sort of the point. The movie is intended to shock the same way an episode of "South Park" does.

Part of the thrill is to see how far over the line filmmakers will go to get a laugh. I've read some of the early reviews of "The Happytime Murders" and a lot of critics have been really harsh. To those folks I say - grow up.

The movie isn't for everyone, but if you have a twisted sense of humor (which I do), and don't mind crude language (which I don't) then you'll probably laugh as hard as I did.

Just leave the kids at home.

I give "The Happytime Murders" three delightfully stinky socks.