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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”

pan Mr. Popper's PenguinsPAN Mr. Popper’s PenguinsA family comedy directed by Mark Waters, starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, and Angela Lansbury which tells the hackneyed story of an ambitious business man who has no idea what’s really important in life. Well, that is…until he inherits 6 waddling roommates who transform his posh bachelor pad into a polar ice cap, create some general, kid-friendly mayhem, and teach him valuable life lessons…you know the drill. 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins nestles nicely into the syrupy family fare genre; many of the jokes may fall far south of hilarious, but the film is still cute enough for kids and schmaltz-loving adults to get a kick out of it. The film’s primary weakness, which ironically is also its biggest strength, is Carrey’s show-stealing performance. In these types of films, the adorable animals are supposed to take center stage…and it’s not like the arctic birdies aren’t trying  – they tap dance to “Ice Ice Baby” for cryin’ out loud! Yet in almost every scene, Carrey manages to upstage them, which doesn’t serve his character all that well since he’s supposed to be cold and unfeeling. Oh well, I guess…at least he’s entertaining.

Check out what Twitch Film has to say about Mr. Popper’s Penguins. What do you think?

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The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

On the eleventh day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me…Jim Carrey irking Whoville

Jack the Pumpkin King

Bill Murray and Bah, humbug!

A towhead by his lonesome

Tim Allen down the chimney

Clark W. Griswold

You’ll shoot your eye out!

Will Ferrell wearing tights

Santa on trial

Two singing soldiers

And an angel every time a bell rings

Check out the trailer for How the Grinch Stole Christmas below. In this rendition of the classic Seussian tale, Jim Carrey gives a superb performance in the title role. Unfortunately, however, it’s not enough to save the film, which, like the Grinch, has a heart that’s three sizes too small. So, given the choice between the Ron Howard Grinch and a sea sick crocodile…well, I’m not much for nauseas, man-eating reptiles, so I’ll just stick with the 1965 cartoon version.

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