PAN Mr. Popper’s Penguins – A 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.
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