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The Muppets Take Manhattan Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Maybe the least-appreciated and best Muppet movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has no objectionable material. They may need to explain a few references, like Mayor Ed Koch and the allusions to old movies.

  • Families can talk about the way that the Muppets get along, despite being "a frog, a bear, a pig and a ...whatever" (referring to Gonzo). Parents can emphasize multiculturalism, even the idea of New York City as a melting pot of diverse races over the years. But don't make it too heavy -- it's a Muppet show, after all!

The good stuff
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    Messages: The motley, multi-species Muppets could be seen as a nice metaphor for multicultural urban society getting along.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: None.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: No problem.

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    Consumerism: References to the characters on related Jim Henson franchises, "Muppet Babies" and "Sesame Street."

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue.