Muppets, The


On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary, from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze Muppet Studios and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the studio, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

Sample Discussion Guide Questions:

–    Gary tells Walter that the point of growing up is to be whoever or whatever you want to be. Who do you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be? Is that the same as what profession you want to have when you grow up?

–    The characters in the film are often making fun of themselves, but never other people, even the bad guy. Why do you think they do this? Is it funnier if they make fun only of themselves? Do you ever make fun of other people when you’re trying to be funny? Would it be funnier if you poked fun at yourself and laughed along with everyone else?

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