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Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a successful businessman who’s clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six “adorable” penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom’s rambunctious roommates turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland — and the rest of his world upside-down.
When did I ever disappoint anybody?
The film adaptation of the children's book, Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater, bares very little resemblance to it's source. It's another case of screenwriters taking what they "think" is the concept of a book and inserting it into a formula and attempt to pass it off as family entertainment. Here the only thing that is taken from the book is the name Mr. Popper and the fact that he ends up with some penguins. The character, family dynamic and overall plot is completely different.
Jim Carrey has starred in a lot of bad films over the years but at least he would normally give it his all whether with is his gurning rubber face or exaggerated nervous performance. In Mr. Popper’s Penguins he is surprisingly subdued and dare I say boring. However, his performance matches the script which relies solely on penguins in a strange city environment.
Admittedly, watching cute computer generated penguins doing cute penguin things is engaging for a little while, but sadly not quite long enough. As the slapstick shenanigans increase in inprobability the film becomes a real chore. The familiar life lessons and fractured family dynamic adds little to the film because the digital penguins have far more character than any of the live actors. Just watch the trailer and you’ll see all the ‘best’ bits which will free up 90-minutes in your diary so you can spend it doing something more worthwhile and fun.
I did laugh one or two times.
Dear Lord, thank you for the food we are about to eat. Please use your mighty power, to stop the melting of the polar ice caps. Amen.
As much as it seems Jim Carrey is perfectly fit for his B movie comedy roles, I so wish he wasn't. After seeing his performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I have never looked at Jim Carrey the same. It’s a disappointment to see his brilliant acting ability go out the window on films like this one. I suppose it’s his decision to go the route he has, but I’m coming to the realization that there will never be another Eternal Sunshine, and for that, my Canadian heart is breaking.
would i fuck jim carrey in this? possibly.
I enjoyed it, and I'm not surprised. Jim Carrey can make anything fun as far as I'm concerned. It helped that he didn't phone it in; even though he doesn't present anything particularly fresh, he gives his all to what he has to work with. He seems like he's having fun, and if an actor seems like he or she is enjoying himself or herself, it's hard for me to not at least appreciate the film.
Also, Clark Gregg from The Avengers and Agents of SHIELD plays a kind-of-bad guy.
Any film featuring Jim Carrey and pengiuns is never going to be terrible. Carrey has done this kind of thing before, so it isn't very original, but he has enough charm to pull it off. And the penguins are cute.
Jim Carrey is almost always enjoyable and this film also has some very funny moments and a great feel to it and the penguins are just dead cute. I like it :-D
Ni el carisma de Jim Carrey puede salvar a esta película, pero en realidad ni con otro actor cómico funcionaria puesto que el guion resulta ser flojo y hasta genérico.
I just really like penguins okay.
#1 of 6 Movies Watched On The Bus Coming Back From The World Youth Day
For some weird reason the bus driver said this is one of his favorite films of all time. Might that be a fetish for penguins? Or maybe a love for Jim Carrey? Fact is, this is a generic, unfunny family movie with dumb humor, cringy acting and unpolished CGI. Its redeeming qualities are Carla Gugino and the quality message that it gives to children. Other than that, I was on the verge of falling asleep.
Visual Effects: 5
Violence & Gore: 2
Sex & Nudity: 0
Drugs & Profanity: 0
Intensity & Horror: 0
I remember liking this movie when I was 8 years old. I don't remember liking it when I was 14.
A good family friendly time waster.
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