I watched a couple of Melissa McCarthy’s movies this past week, both via Hulu. Showtime is streaming The Happytime Murders and HBO has Can You Ever Forgive Me?
First up, from director Brian Henson, I watched The Happytime Murders this past Wednesday morning. In a world where humans and sentient puppets co-exist, someone is murdering the cast of The Happytime Gang. And former LAPD officer Phil Phillips gets caught up in the investigation and has to team up with his human partner, Connie Edwards, played by Melissa McCarthy.
Other humans in the cast include Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph & Joel McHale.
As each puppet is murdered, Phil looks guiltier in the eyes of the LAPD, since he’s present at each scene. Clearly, he’s being framed, but by who? And why?
Its only a mystery if ya don’t know that the puppets in this world can age. Turns out its a revenge story.
Weird. Lots of references to how puppets are just felt & stuffing, yet they can get older. And they have internal organs, even though every time one is shot, torn, or otherwise killed, it only shows stuffing. But somehow Connie has a puppet liver?
Seriously, what the hell?!?
The movie is pretty vulgar just for the sake of it, too. There’s puppet porn, puppet sex, puppet swearing, puppet prostitution, puppet drug use, and puppet nudity, thanks to a Sharon Stone impersonation from that interrogation scene in Basic Instinct. While I enjoyed the demonic puppet humor in the ‘Smile Time’ episode of Angel, this was just too much.
There are bloopers & behind the scenes clips during the credits, but unless ya really liked the movie, why bother?
The second Melissa McCarthy movie of the week was Can You Ever Forgive Me? a biopic based on the true story of biographer Lee Isreal’s forgery.
Richard E. Grant co-starred, and Jane Curtain has a small supporting role.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit, since it showed her decline, criminal activity, and attempt to reform in a very matter of fact way. And Grant’s Jack Hock was gloriously over the top throughout.
Looking it up after, it turns out Lee Isreal forged & sold over four hundred letters, two of which wound up in a Noel Coward biography, first printing only.
I may try to find the book some time, just to get a more in-depth version of the story than the movie could probably provide.