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Mr. Popper’s Penguins
12 February 2012
Excerpt: A better title for Mark Waters ' tepid adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater ’s Newbery award-winning 1938 children’s novel “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” would probably be “Popper’s Pooping Penguins (and the Painfully Predictable Plot)”. My suggested title kind of works better, I think. At the very least, it’s considerably more honest. I say this because, the film, which stars Jim Carrey as the titular Mr.
Excerpt: Tom Popper (Jim Carrey, The Truman Show ) is the slickest businessman in New York City. There's no piece of real estate he can't procure for his powerful company. His employers are so pleased that they're contemplating making him a partner. The only catch: Popper has to persuade the famously difficult Mrs. Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury, Murder, She Wrote ) to sell him a particularly valuable piece of land.
Conclusion: Mr. Popper's Penguins is not as bad as it looks, not as good as you'll want it to be, and almost nothing like the old children's book whose name it shares. As far as contemporary family comedies go, you could do worse and a lot better than this routine divorced dad tale, which a decidedly not over-the-top Carrey keeps watchable.
Excerpt: It’s probably not the best thing for Mr. Popper’s Penguins when the villain is the most sensible thing in the movie. He’s a zoo keeper, coming to claim the penguins unexpectedly shipped to one Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey). The keeper offers veterinary care, proper environments, and knowledgeable attention. Popper offers them a New York apartment and Wikipedia.
Summary: In the culmination of a sad inevitability, it would seem that Jim Carrey has officially, completely, and probably irreversibly gone the way of Steve Martin and Robin Williams—once great comedians who, in their waning years, have disregarded all notions of quality control when it comes to what kinds of films they're willing to do for a paycheck.
Excerpt: The Movie Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a slick, successful real estate executive in New York City. The divorced father of two is on the verge of The Big Promotion when life throws him a curveball: His world adventurer dad has just passed away, willing Tom one final souvenir, a live penguin. And before Popper can figure out to do with one, five more arrive, each with its own distinct personality, and they turn his world upside-down. Mr.
Conclusion: 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is a fun family film that will more than likely delight the kids more than the adults. It's a seen-it-before story, but it works, Jim Carrey delivers another manic performance, and the penguins (real and fake) are so damn cute, much can be forgiven. Fans of the film will enjoy this Blu-ray, which features a pretty picture, serviceable soundtrack, and decent amount of special features.
Excerpt: Real estate whiz Thomas Popper (Jim Carrey) has been trying to score a big deal when he learns his explorer father has died leaving him with six penguins to take care of, which forces him to take account of what's important in his life.
Excerpt: Even though it's a somewhat crass, definitely commercial adaptation of a beloved children's book, Mr. Popper's Penguins isn't quite the abomination it could have been. It's not a good movie, but not an entirely insulting one either, trading on Jim Carrey's remarkable physical skills and some moments of clever wordplay to draw laughs out of plenty of weary adults. See it for the air conditioning and cheap babysitting, but stay for a shred of surprising charm.