The Muppets have returned, along with a flood of their high-jinks and laughs. We haven't seen them for six years since "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" on TV, but they are back with all of the hilarity we enjoyed when we were young.

The film begins with the newest addition to the Muppets gang, Walter, who happens to be the biggest Muppets fan ever. Walter's brother Gary (Jason Segel) is dating Mary (Amy Adams) and the three plan a vacation to Los Angeles, where they can tour the Muppet Theater.

Walter stumbles upon Tex Richman's (Chris Cooper) plan to tear down the theater for the oil underneath. The three are soon trying to round up the old Muppets gang so they can try to raise the $10 million to save the theater.

The nostalgic beginning of the movie soon becomes fast-paced and humorous as the Muppets try to band together to put on a Muppets Telethon. They try to restore their popularity in the uproarious way that we have come to know and expect from the Muppets.

The whole family will adore this movie. You and your parents will enjoy seeing your favorite Muppets again, and your younger siblings may also fall in love with the charming characters.

Whatever age you are, you will enjoy the clever humor of the Muppets, which has been missing for so long in a world filled with potty humor.

There are references for your parents' generation, such as Jimmy Carter and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," along with references for the average teen or child, such as Cee Lo Green's song "Forget You."

True, you may get more of the humor if you are a Muppets aficionado, but even the person who can't tell Kermit apart from the average frog can still appreciate the movie.

Several guest stars make cameos, including Mickey Rooney and Selena Gomez. Jack Black also takes on an important role, in which he has to endure kidnapping and head bowling (which is exactly how it sounds).

All of the actors do a great job, and the Muppets come back with a big and lively bang. All of your favorites are there: the classic Kermit and Miss Piggy, the Swedish Chef, and my personal favorite, Animal.

So, watch your "Breaking Dawn." It's OK to grow up. Then, go watch "The Muppets." Sometimes you just need to remember your childhood, and remember why life is so great.

Alissa Roy is a junior at Springville-Griffith Institute.


"The Muppets"

Rated PG

4 stars (out of 4)