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Mr. Popper's Penguins
Tom Popper grew up having very little interaction with his father who was off exploring the world. When he grows up he spends most of time on his work and ignores his children. One day his father sends him an unusual gift: six penguins. Popper can't help but wonder why his father would send him penguins. He tries to get rid of them. But when his children and ex-wife show up to celebrate his son's birthday, the kids are taken with the penguins. And Popper finally gets to connect with his kids and his work suffers.
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.
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.
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?
Innocuous enough, "Mr. Popper's Penguins" lacks depth or any message that would elevate it to anything above an average family film. It is fun throughout (and some of the dialogue has an alliterative charm that is possibly derived from the children's book on which the film is based), but the film is ultimately inconsequential.
This is like a tale of 2 movies. One of them I like a lot, the other I find less than exciting. Of course the idea of making this film is to create a movie that will appeal to kids, and I can say right now that it should be successful from that standpoint. Kids will love all the different parts of this movie, even if it didn't work perfectly for me. So as you read on through the rest of this review, keep in mind that this is an adult talking, and I'm clearly not the primary target audience.
Let's start with the bad movie you will find here. They used some pretty convincing and impressive CGI to make…
Ich mag weder Jim Carrey, noch Komödien, noch Komödien mit Tiere - aber verdammt, die haben Pinguine!
I never ever thought I would actually see this movie. From the first time I saw a trailer for this I immediately thought: "Why the fuck are they doing this?"
What led Jim Carrey to do such nonsensical and uncreative family films like this? I mean honestly it's just the same old "divorced father who always works and never spends time with his family" story. You could say this is Liar Liar except this time he is not a lawyer that can't lie anymore, but a business man that has to take care of some penguins. Also it's not funny this time.
I admit I never cared for penguins anywhere, but this time it's even worse: It's CGI slapstick penguins.…
Jim Carrey may have done an awful lot better in his past career, but it's great to see him in a family comedy. If anybody else were in his role I wouldn't have watched this at all, as Mr Poppers Penguins is just your average family film; there's some silly humour and an almost heart-warming story at its core, but Carey's amazing presence is the only real thing this film has going for it.
Entre muitos filmes chatos que Jim Carrey já fez, este é apenas menos chato!
All it had to do was lock Jim Carrey in a room with a penguin for an hour and a half and film the results, but no.
The smile on my face was so big when the captain flew!
Jim Carrey is awesome - the story is a blast of happiness, fun and joy and fuck it - its the 1st day of the new year and there's nothing wrong with feeling good!
Nice work Popper!
Mediocre comedy starring one of the funniest canadians ever, Jim Carrey. I like the idea for the movie, based on a book from the 1930's.
The script is not good, and it's looks like the scripwriters had a bit of a problem to make the movie work, five billed writers (and I bet there was more unbilled writers, too.)
Carrey is doing his best.. but he needs a good script with credible characters.
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