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Directed by Tim Hill

Written by Jerry Juhl, Ken Kaufman, Joseph Mazzarino

Starring The Great Gonzo, Kermit The Frog,
Rizzo the Rat, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear

My Advice: If you can't love a Muppet, who can you love?

Rating: out of

Finally, another humorous movie about a guy with a big nose. Not since Steve Martin's turn in Roxanne have I fallen so delightfully in love.

Gonzo the Great has a heart as big as his schnoz. After many years of feeling as if he has doesn't belong and has no "people", so to speak, he comes to the conclusion that he is indeed alien and that his "people" are attempting to contact him and whisk him back to his motherland. I don't know about you, but I always thought of him as a big purple mosquito. I guess I just haven't been paying attention.

I loved this movie. There isn't a Muppet movie I don't fall in love with. I'd like to go deep into my review and argue about motivation and inspired acting but, come on now, these are the equivalent of big colorful socks with bulging eyeballs. How inspired can they get?

"The guy who held Gonzo up for a great portion of the movie had superior upper arm control. You go, puppetmaster! You rock!"

In all honesty, I think this is the freshest Muppet movie to date. It's smart and funny and doesn't shamelessly pander to the munchkin set. Liberally dosed with middle-edge humor, even the parents will appreciate and enjoy what it has to offer.

Spiced with some fantastic cameos - I mean, let's face it - once you're on the Muppet show you've truly arrived - it's entertaining to watch and a delight to behold. Even when the movie gets cheesy, you're not going to really care. I'm not even going to rave about the marvelous soundtrack that takes you right back to the best of the musical era, the 70's. It's just chock full of the stuff we have grown to love the Muppets for.

Please, join Gonzo the Great in his great quest. After all, he is the most adorable mosquito ever.



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