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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.
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?
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.
Not that funny. Penguins are cute. Jim Carrey shouldn't do this type of comedy. Watchable but mostly aimed at kids.
I appreciate that as a 27 year old man with no kids, I'm not exactly the primary target of this film so forgive me for saying this, but Mr Popper's Penguins is pretty unbearable. It's not funny, there's no charm, its message is muddled, it's clichéd, boring, tiresome and only has one skit that's actually worth watching.
Actually, it's not worth watching. It's worth leaving on in the background if you're doing something more important and can't find the remote, rather than turning the TV off. And that is the scene towards the end in the zoo. Everything else? Even Coulson from Avengers/Agents of SHIELD, is terrible. I'd try and pinpoint the exact moment that Jim Carrey lost what comedic talent he had (and he did used to have some) but like the makers of this film, I just can't be arsed to look for it.
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Sehr formelhaft aufgebauter Familienfilm, der für seine Zielgruppe (Kinder bis 10 Jahre) aber durchaus funktioniert. Leider auch nur für diese.
Jim Carrey ist hier mal wieder "Overacting Carrey" aus den 90gern. Etwas was man halt nur ihm gerne durchgehen lässt.
Some of the jokes and slapstick moments were so lame, it felt as though this film was aimed at five year olds. Which it may have been, I guess. It's a pity because Carrey is capable of more than that.
Not Jim Carrey's finest hour...
What a sad film. It really does feel like a low-point for Jim Carrey, stumbling through a pale imitation of his usual rubber-faced shtick with a look of quiet defeat in his eyes, torn between trying to play it like it's a Jim Carrey star vehicle and facing the truth that this is in fact the kind of "the CGI animals are the star" bottom-shelf fare that someone like Tim Allen would normally doing, rather than the one-time biggest movie star on the planet. It grasps for low-hanging fruit with the easiest, most well-worn plot tropes, and even then quite often misses the mark. A lame film which has been mercifully forgotten.
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…
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Submissions are welcome.