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: 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.
Conclusion: Mr. Popper's Penguins is ultimately one of those forgettable family comedies parents patiently sit through, hoping their kids are having a fun time. It's not terrible—you can't dismiss it outright—but it's not exactly inspired either. Let's just hope this isn't the default Jim Carrey role from now on. On the plus side, Fox's Blu-ray release is excellent, with near-perfect picture quality, a solid audio track, and some fun extras.