Charles Grodin plays Lady Holiday’s freeloading brother, and we pretty much know right away that he’s the person stealing all the jewels. Kermit gets the lead early on as well, but this, of course, doesn’t catalyze any plot points. It’s a mystery movie with no mystery.
The story is not interesting at all, and we have a hard time connecting with our main characters, which, up to this point, we’d never had an issue with before. Kermit is at his least sympathetic and Fozzie is at his most underutilized. Henson makes sure to feature everybody’s favorites, but there’s such little inspiration here that nothing quite works.
There are great stretches of this film where we’re unsure what the plot even is, or if it’s even still there. We look for some semblance of fluidity with the sequence of events, but it’s always frustratingly stagnant.
The film has its moments, even several of them. However, those moments never seem to add up to anything of value. There’s one in particular after Kermit figures out that Grodin is going to be robbing a museum, and so he and Fozzie and Gonzo and literally 20 other Muppets sneak into the museum at night in order to catch the thieves in the act, but we’re unsure if it’s comedic brilliance or amazingly ludicrous filmmaking.