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Me and my wife took our 3 kids to this one, we wanted to enjoy a nice
Saturday afternoon together watching a cute family flick, and this
movie delivered what we were expecting. our kids laughed and had a lot
of fun, and i found myself enjoying most parts of it.
Story is very familiar, about a business man " Carrey " who is always busy and away from his kids, then suddenly he inherits penguins that changes him and his life,..i guess you sort of know from here where the story is headed. a very simple, and might sound silly story, but executed in a very good manner, that made it better than your average family movie. Carrey was funny as always, and added a lot to the over all enjoyment of the film.
It is a family movie, starring Jim Carrey with penguins and is rated PG, what really are you expecting ? it is exactly what you would expect from this type of film. Just grab your loved ones, head to the theaters, and enjoy this movie for what it is, don't take it seriously, and you will have a great time !!
Before I begin, let me say this: I like Jim Carrey. I really do. In
fact, I watched Ace Ventura: Pet Detective back when I was a kid, and I
still find it funny today. But, as with most actors and comedians,
there is that little thing called shtick. Don't we all see a pattern
when we see those familiar faces on the screen? In fact, it seems to
generate the same kind of reaction: We become endeared to it at first,
but then it gets real by the time the fourth or fifth movie rolls
around. Will Ferrel, Adam Sandler and even Carey himself, are all the
biggest 'offenders,' so to speak, in this day and age. But, for the
sake of this interview, let's focus on the latter, and how this movie
relates to his 'shtick.' The movie in question, if it wasn't obvious
already, is Carey's latest venture, Mr. Popper's Penguins. Based
looselythe key word being 'loosely'on the 1938 novel by Richard and
Florence Atwater, "Penguins" tells the story of a work-obsessed
businessman named Tom Popper, whose life is turned upside down when he
inherits six penguins from his late explorer father. As is wont, his
cold heart begins to melt by means of the flightless, cold-loving
birds. In the meanwhile, he tries to evade suspicions of his bosses, a
respected entrepreneur, and a brown-nosing zoo keeper while also
rekindling his relationship with his estranged ex-wife and kids. And,
yes, that's the plot in a nutshell. But, does that mean it's as
mind-numbing as it sounds? No, my friends. It's not as bad as it seems.
First off, let's get the downside out of the way. The plot is thoroughly and shamelessly predictable. It is riddled with so many clichés, that I could sit there, predict every turn the movie was going to take and be right. Also, I sat there and counted sixyes, sixpoop or fart jokes. There may have been a couple that I missed during a bathroom break, but I'm sure there were a couple more that I could have counted. I blush to admit it, but I do laugh at potty humor, but only when I don't expect it or it makes the movie actually funny. Again, predictability killed the mood for me.
However, for all its faults, it's more charming than repulsive. Carrey, though he is relying on his standard, over the top shtick, is not overshadowing those adorable penguins. But, aside from Carrey, his six co-stars, and his estranged family, there are two saving graces for this movie. Mr. Popper's secretary, Pippi (played by British actress Ophelia Lovibond) is a prim little poppet with a penchant for alliterating all her sentences with any and every word beginning with the letter P. She does grate a little bit, but she is still quite adorable. The other actress to show her face here is the great Angela Lansbury, who plays the owner of a restaurant that Popper used to eat at with his late father. It is so refreshing to see this woman on the silver screen again, especially for a girl who grew up with the likes of Beauty and the Beast and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (There's alliteration there, too, eh? Oh, darn this movie!). She still retains that grace and charm through all the forced dialogue and situations, and I applaud her for that.
Overall, my feelings for this movie can best be summed up by its summary on RottenTomatoes.com: "Bland, inoffensive, and thoroughly predictable, Mr. Popper's Penguins could have been worse but it should have been better." But for all its faults, its charming, fun and completely harmless. It's probably best for kids, but animal lovers will love the cuddly penguins, and Carrey fans will like seeing their idol on screen. Give it a shot and decide for yourselves.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
We go to movies as a family my wife and I with our two children, nine
and six years old. We are looking for family fare that Mom and Dad can
at least abide. It's not easy.
Mr. Popper's Penguins, though, filled the bill nicely. It's a tad formulaic. For instance, early on we see a boy neglected by his Dad via flashbacks showing the boy waiting for his Dad to call via the ham radio from some far off outpost. We never really see the dad. The movie formula requires that the boy grow up to neglect his own kids, and sure enough the formula is followed. In the end, so goes the formula, comes a resolution.
I understand that adherence to that formula provides a sense of comfort and familiarity to children such as mine I have no problem with that. Kids that age do not need to be challenged by a movie, just entertained.
So this movie entertains. Your kids will laugh my kids did, and I laughed and my wife laughed. There were no concerns with off-color material. It was good clean fun, the best kind.
I saw the movie tonight at a screening, and I would not be surprised if the movie gets savaged by the critics, who tend to have contempt for any movie formula. My advice, if you've got young kids, or even if you have a date who enjoys a good laugh, is to go and see the movie and have a nice time.
On Saturday, I had the honor of attending an advanced screening of Mr.
Popper's Penguins. Now I have never read the book in my life, but I am
aware that the film is an extremely loose, contemporary adaptation with
a setting in the present day rather than the 1930s in the book. So if
you're a die-hard fan of the classic book, avoid this movie because
they made so many changes to this new setting, it's insane. I am a Jim
Carrey fan as well, which was the main reason I went to this film, but
don't kill me for saying that I still have not seen Liar Liar, Ace
Ventura, and The Mask yet. But those three are still on my watch list,
Jim Carrey plays Tom Popper, a successful New York City businessman who has put almost all of his life into his work life instead of family. One day he gets a phone call saying that his father has died, but he left him a gift behind. That gift is six gentoo penguins, and these penguins are going to help him realize that he has shunned out almost every opportunity he's had in life to appreciate the beauty you can experience if you take the time to do so. Once the penguins are brought into the public eye, though, Popper has to contend with a stern zoo keeper (Clark Gregg) who wants the penguins because he believes that Popper's house is not well-suited to take care of all of them.
Jim Carrey definitely carries this movie and saves it from being a complete disaster. His physical slapstick that has become well known in almost his whole career translates in a good enough manner to provide so decent moments of comedy. He may be very grounded in his limits for what he can and can't do, but watching Carrey go crazy on screen is always good enough for me. The supporting cast's performances are really nothing special, but it was pretty cool to see Clark Gregg go on the villain side for once, when he's not playing SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson in the MARVEL films building up to The Avengers. However, the penguins I believe are the weakest part of the film. The jokes involving the penguins are heavily centered on young children and parents who like to see their kids laugh. I'm 17 so I thought most of the jokes were very juvenile at some times, especially a running joke they carry on with one of the penguins who goes by the name of Stinky. In addition, you'll be able to tell in every scene involving the penguins when they're real or CGI, especially in the final climactic sequence of the film.
Overall, if you've seen the trailers to this film, you pretty much know what you're going to get out it. This movie could have been a Razzie nominee in several categories, but Jim Carrey is there to save it from going in that direction. I can say that I mildly enjoyed most of this movie, but I'll probably forget sometime this week.
Mr Popper's Penguins is a good movie with a reasonably well developed
storyline and a talented cast. It's an enjoyable family film that had
many funny moments and is also quite sweet, it easily could have been a
disaster, but I think Jim Carrey did a great job of making it
watchable, he may have only done this for a pay check but he looked
like he was having fun and really became this character. However, It
certainly has many flaws, it throws far too much conflict and issues at
Mr. Popper, a divorce, a difficult job and kids who hate him, they
seemed like too much problems to give its audience for a ninety minute
film, and adding the penguins didn't feel as significant because of the
real life struggles that faced him. I found Ophelia Lovibond's
perfornance unbearable, Pippi was a very annoying character, her
constant use of words beginning with p wasn't funny to begin with, and
they just kept it coming. It has its flaws, but Mr. Popper's Penguins
is still a fun film that I would recommend to a family if you ever see
it on television and have some time to kill.
Mr Popper gets sent six penguins, which makes the man's life a lot more difficult, although he starts to grow fond of them when he discovers the joy it brings his children.
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On our way to an "adult" film (the theater turned out to be
inaccessible), we ended up at "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which my friend
remembered as a book that her now-29-year-old daughter had enjoyed. I
can't remember an evening of more unadulterated, good-hearted laughs in
Viewers should be cautioned to abandon any need for verisimilitude. This is not "March of the Penguin," although Jim Carrey does reference Morgan Freeman in one line. The human children, however, are delightfully true-to-life, in their enthusiasms and frustrations. The penguins, however, manage to exhibit a charming mixture of human-child mischief appropriate to their penguin natures -- sliding on any slippery surface, splashing wherever possible, finding refuge in any icy habitat available in a Manhattan apartment.
The dialogue is very well written and well paced. Jim Carrey is at his best -- annoyingly over- the-top as a slick sales executive, genuinely bonding with his surrogate children as time goes on -- a virtual "Marty Poppins." Angela Lansbury displays her mastery of her craft as a wealthy dowager quite unlike the charming "Jessica Fletcher" persona.
After seeing the trailer for this movie, I've finally got the chance to
see it today at the 1:30 premiere in AMC Theaters. I'll write the plot
before I make my opinion.
It revolves around Tom Popper (Jim Carrey), a businessman who spends most of his time with his life instead of his family. One day, after his father dies, he receives a crate which contains all six penguins who then turns his life upside-down. Learning that he has to love them, he does whatever he can to take care of them at any costs.
To those who read the book, I've read the book as well, but this movie is loosely based on the book and I've got my opinion to prove it.
The only problem that I had with this movie was the storyline's pacing. It was so rushed while everything else in this movie turned out great. The casting was brilliant and even Jim Carrey, Angelina Lansbury and Jeffrey Tambor did great at their performances. The jokes were very funny I laughed at every single one of them. The development was organized and well built together. That's all I gotta say.
Mr. Popper's Penguin's lacks in any depth, but it is a great comedy film and little kids and their parents should watch this so they could laugh their butts off for a few minutes.
Loosely based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Richard and
Florence Atwater, this is a family movie that does not ask to be taken
As a kid, Popper never really knew his father, an explorer who was always away on some adventure or another. As an adult, he is a successful New York realtor, but divorced and lives away from his two kids. Mr. Popper's (Jim Carrey) latest assignment is to acquire a landmark restaurant owned by entrepreneur Selma Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury). Despite Popper's gift of the gab, Van Gundy will not sell the "Tavern on the Green" unless the buyer is a person of true value. After a not so convincing attempt at buying the tavern, Popper receives a strange inheritance from his late father half a dozen penguins. At first Popper is annoyed and irritated with these frosty creatures but they start to grow on him. His children then fall in love with the penguins and soon enough, he starts to date his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) again. Soon enough, Popper converts his plush New York condo into a winter wonderland to accommodate his winged friends; much to the dismay of his neighbors and a pesky animal protection zoologist. Eventually, Popper is on the verge of getting his family back but his bosses fire him for ignoring his job. Popper must now decide between being a lovable family man or revert back to being a cold business man that he was.
Adults will find this movie filled with predictable moments, some of which are cliché ridden. Still, there is a lot of charm and feel-good moments if viewed as a family movie. Kids will find the penguins adorable, funny and mischievous, all at the same time. Having said that, there are few recurring jokes for adults as well, only thing is they are more potty than witty. Jim Carrey fans will find his rubber-face moments dwindled down to barely a handful of scenes. Although Carrey still has it in him, it is evidently clear that his on-screen magic has diminished over the years since "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective". As a woman caught between dating her ex-husband and a new prospect, Gugino's scenes are subtle but do not really add as much in terms of comic moments. There is however, a bit of feisty raunchiness in her eyes, and if this was manifested into deeds it would have really added an extra depth to the movie. As a guest appearance, I was delighted to see Ms Lansbury in this movie. Most noted as a TV icon in "Murder She Wrote", Lansbury's addition to the casting is well placed in a role as the regale New York entrepreneur. They could have added anyone from Glenn Close to Meryl Streep, but Lansbury is perfectly cast and commands respect in the very few scenes she appears in. Another standout appearance comes from the lovely Ophelia Lovibond as Popper's personal assistant, Ms Peppy. If you think the title of the movie is a bit of a tongue twister, wait till you hear Peppy; a person with precise paranoia in punctuating phrases with ample amounts of Ps. Pretty perky! With just ten titles to his credit, this is a decent effort from director Mark Waters. Although a far cry from "Happy Feet", Waters' depiction of six cute penguins, albeit CGI assisted, adds amusement and heart felt warmth to scenes of icy New York. As a result, this is a pleasant movie for families with young kids and is a preferred alternative to a trip to the zoo.
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Jim Carrey's career has in many ways mirrored that of Eddie Murphy. In
their early days, both had distinctive styles of their own Murphy was
fast-talking, foul-mouthed, vulgar and very funny; Carrey was a manic
and energetic physical comedian like one of the Three Stooges on
steroids. They were both at their best in those early years. Their
comedy was effective and the films they made were usually enjoyable and
funny. Then, for reasons best known to themselves, both men settled for
a niche in that most insipid and cloying of genres the mainstream
Hollywood family comedy. From time to time, both men escape from the
constraints of this self-imposed exile check out Murphy in Bowfinger,
for example, or Carrey in The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
and we get a wonderful reminder of what they're capable of. But all too
often, both men slip back into "Hollywood Family Comedy Hell", where
their talents are wasted on cinematic silliness like Mr Popper's
Penguins. This Jim Carrey vehicle is lame and predictable for its
duration, pandering solely for children below the age of 10.
Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) is a successful businessman who treats everyone around him with frosty disregard. As a child, he was neglected by his father who spent most of his time gallivanting around the world in search of animals. As an adult, Popper now treats his own kids daughter Janie (Madeline Carroll) and son Billy (Maxwell Perry Cotton) with the same dismissive indifference. One day he receives word that his father has died in some God-forsaken corner of the world, and shortly afterwards Popper inherits a number of penguins. Initially he wants to be rid of them but soon he discovers that he actually cares for the penguins, loves them even, and before long he finds himself becoming a better person thanks to the effect the penguins have on his life. His relationship with his kids grows, and he even starts to rekindle a romance with his ex-wife Amanda (Carla Gugino). But as always things don't run smoothly, and Popper ends up having to save his penguins from a nasty zoo-keeper while keeping alive a precious business deal with cranky old heiress Mrs Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury).
This isn't hugely different from Carrey's earlier offering Liar, Liar. Once again, a single-minded and neglectful father gets a shot at saving his marriage and rebuilding his relationship with his kids thanks to extraordinary circumstances. But where that film had a degree of manic energy, this one merely offers sentimental schmaltz. Mr. Popper's Penguins is not a total loss by any means, with some amusing moments and good special effects. It's just that the film doesn't really hang together as a whole, alternating too often between the disappointingly predictable and the excessively juvenile. In fact, the penguins have all the best moments if it wasn't for them, this would be a very long 94 minutes indeed.
Far from ppp perfect this easy, overdone on the sentiment film delivers
another Carey rich performance. The penguins are lovable and cute and
there is just about enough entertainment, and laughs, amidst a cheesy
Carey plays Mr Popper, a recently separated form his family businessman, who excels at property procurement. His father dies and leaves him a posted box of frozen penguins, which Carey looks after and falls for. His children who come to visit also love the penguins. Carey, whilst caring for the family of penguins, struggles to keep his job and acquire the last property in Central Park, New York which would make him a partner in the business he has worked so hard for. Whilst caring for the penguins Mr Popper learns the true value of family over materials and thus completes his journey reuniting his family, and re-homing the penguins.
The film also has small roles for stars Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote), Phillip Baker Hall, Clark Gregg and Jeffrey Tambor.
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