A list of films that incorporate the Wilhelm Scream. I haven't seen all of these so if you can help…
Mr. Popper's Penguins
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.
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.
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.
1.5 out of 5 (C-)
I was originally going to get all dismissive about Mr. Popper's Penguins, but really there’s no need. Yes, it's rubbish. No, I didn't enjoy it. But, the film isn't aimed at me, so I was never really supposed to enjoy it. So, rather than getting all negative about it, I’ll keep things positive by searching for Penguin Biscuit wrapper jokes and presenting my findings.
Who's the penguins favourite aunt?
Why do penguins carry fish in their beaks?
Because they haven't got any pockets.
Why are penguins good race drivers?
Because they're always in pole position.
What do you call a penguin in the desert?
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.
Perfectly good for hangover Sunday morning feel goodary but don't expect too much. The penguins seem to vary from looking real to looking really CGI but Carrey soldiers on regardless. Plenty of fart and poo jokes and the teenagers of the usual broken marriage are not too annoying for once. Best bit of the film is the water sliding which needs you to suspend reality of physics.
Drinking Game: Penguin stunts
Bottom Line: Raises a smile or two with a few quips and stunt jokes but overall it doesn't really push itself to be any better than competent, not allowing Carrey to shine either.
This is entirely for children, those who expected an Oscar-winning film or an extraordinary performance of Jim Carrey, as he did in 23 or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I think you came to the wrong film. Better luck next time, comrades.
Try to enjoy it from this point of view and will be very pleasant.
There is something indeed magical about Jim Carrey, and this movie provides the best example (another good one being 'Yes Man'). Mr. Popper, a driven workaholic receives a bunch of six penguins in his mail from his late father and soon discovers how his icy friends warm up his own life.
Best scene? Definitely the penguin flying. Watch it. It's funny, a little flawed, but has a lot of heart.
Ideally I want to start and end my reviews with a quote. Sadly this is so forgettable that I really can't think of one that's worth repeating. When I saw clips for this before it was released I suspected that they had used up all the potentially funny bits. I was correct, but even the potentially funny bits don't come off during the film itself.
Jim Carrey has made some good films and he has also made some duds. This is in the second category.
There's nothing more to say, it isn't worth the effort.
Very charming family film. Jim Carrey pulls off a decent performance with out it being his best, plus the film is fairly predictable. I enjoyed it though:-)
Maybe I'm not into such "comedies"
It was okay
Very good family movie. Its cute, interesting story, and of course Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper. Whats not to love.
Not that funny. Penguins are cute. Jim Carrey shouldn't do this type of comedy. Watchable but mostly aimed at kids.
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