"The Happytime Murders" is a 2018 American crime comedy film directed by Brian Henson.
The starring cast includes Melissa McCarthy as Detective Connie Edwards, Joel McHale as Special Agent Campbell, Maya Rudolph as Bubbles, Bill Barretta as Phil Philips, Leslie David Baker as Lt. Banning, Elizabeth Banks as Jenny Peterson, Michael McDonald as Ronovan Scargle, Cynthy Wu as Brittany Marlowe, Mitch Silpa as Tommy, Hemky Madera as Tito and others.
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STXfilms on Monday, August 13, 2018 released the trailer for "The Happytime Murders" you can watch here:
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In a world where living puppets coexist with humans but are treated as second-class citizens, Phil (Bill Barretta) Phillips was the first puppet cop on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) before being fired. Now a private investigator with a human secretary Bubbles (Maya Rudolph), he is hired by puppet client Sandra White (Dorien Davies) to discover the identity of her blackmailer. Phil investigates a lead at a puppet-owned porn shop. While he checks their records in a back room, an attacker kills everyone else present, including Mr. Bumblypants (Kevin Clash), a former cast member of the beloved puppet television sitcom The Happytime Gang, which was due to go into syndication.
The LAPD arrives and Phil meets with his former partner Detective Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy). Twelve years prior, Edwards was being held at gunpoint by a puppet perpetrator. Phil tried to shoot him, but missed and hit an innocent puppet, killing him in front of his young daughter. Edwards testified against Phil and a law was enacted preventing puppets from becoming police officers. In the present, Edwards believes it was a robbery gone wrong. Phil believes it was murder, since no money was taken. That night, Phil's brother Larry "Shenanigans" Phillips (Victor Yerrid), a former Happytime Gang cast-member, is torn apart when someone lets dogs onto his property. Afterwards, Phil reluctantly joins forces with Edwards to find the killer.
The two track down former Happytime Gang cast-member Lyle in a puppet drug-den, where it is revealed that Phil saved Edwards by getting her an emergency puppet liver transplant. Lyle is killed in a drive-by shooting in front of Phil. After having sexual intercourse with Sandra and escaping the FBI, Phil goes to see Jenny, the only human Happytime Gang cast-member and his former girlfriend, at a puppet strip club where she works. Phil is unable to protect her when her car explodes. The police see Phil leaving the scene and believe him to be responsible for the murders.
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"The Happytime Murders" movie release date was scheduled to be on August 24, 2018 (United States) distributing by STX Entertainment, ACME, Blitz, Cinemundo, Constantin-Film, Diamond Films, Golden Village Pictures, Joyncontents Group, Lucky Red, Metropolitan Filmexport, Mongkol Major, Monolith Films, Myndform, Odeon, Parco Co. Ltd., Pinema, Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft., Remain In Light, Roadshow Film Distributors (NZ) Ltd., Roadshow Films, SF Studios, STX International, Seret, Sony Pictures Releasing, TOBIS Film, The Searchers, Times Media Films, VVS Films, Volga Film Ukraine, Neon, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Universum Film (UFA).
The duration of the film is 91 minutes. With a budget of $40 - 47 million, the film grossed over $27.5 million.
"The Happytime Murders" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.
Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California, on September 11, 2017.
"The Happytime Murders" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 5.4/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 24/100. The audience dislikes the film either. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.
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