Netflix is removing an absolutely terrible Melissa McCarthy comedy.
Netflix’s movie library is always evolving, and one of its less popular options will be phased out at the end of November. The Happytime Murders, a 2017 Muppet-adjacent comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, is departing Netflix on Nov. 30, and Netflix may be better off as a result. The film was a complete disaster during its initial release, and it has not improved with time.
The Happytime Murders is a murder mystery in which a disgraced former LAPD cop-turned-private eye puppet and the puppet ensemble of a ’90s children’s show (absolutely NOT The Muppets) take on the investigation. His human spouse is played by Melissa McCarthy. The Happytime Murders is directed by Brian Henson, the late Jim Henson’s son, and features an all-star cast that includes Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks, and Maya Rudolph.
Despite these intriguing components, The Happytime Murders could not manage to conjure up any magic. Critics and audiences both were turned off by the vulgar gags and foul comedy, giving The Happytime Murders a Rotten Tomatoes score of 23% for critics and 39% for audiences. The film only made (dollar)27 million at the box office globally, failing to recoup its (dollar)40 million budget.
In an interview with Collider, McCarthy noted, “It’s clearly a grown-up movie.” “‘We can’t wait to see this!’ my kids exclaim. ‘I can’t wait to show you when you’re 40!’ I say. When you’re 110 and you can see this, it’ll be incredible!’ It’s all part of the pleasure, in my opinion. Someone mentioned that when you watch something from The Muppets, one of the movies, or Sesame Street, when the lights go down, someone shouts cut, and they go out the back door, you always wonder whether they go out into the real world and have a life. This is a true glimpse behind the curtain. When the lights are turned off and they aren’t performing in front of an audience, you can see the genuine grind of their lives, and it’s pretty cool. There’s a strange, edgy coolness to it, and it’s hilarious. It manages to mash all of those things together, and the puppet thing somehow dissolves, but it’s still there. That’s an awful way to describe what it is. You don’t notice that they’re puppets; instead, you believe they’re alive, breathing, and real. It’s insane!”