Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jim Carrey and the penguins.

Carrey and his screaming, pecking, crapping, CGI penguins

Rating: *

Only in movies, do these happen! Six penguins arrive in winter and change a man’s life. It’s like Ebenezer Scrooge meeting penguins instead of the ghosts. In what turns out to be a PG-rated film, Jim Carrey decides to entertain kids’ kids. I mean, who else would watch a film that’s based on a bedtime story that was written in 1938.

In 1938, Richard and Florence Atwater wouldn’t have expected Hollywood to use CGI and create the penguins which they thought were life-saving. They would however appreciate the fact that Ophelia Lovibond’s Pippi is the saving grace of what could have been a disastrous family comedy.

Again, the movie is basically a nutshell of what Hollywood was and is relapsing to. I can’t (well, I can) wait to see what Kevin James’ Zookeeper does to CGI and family comedy. Night at The Museum isn’t my favourite Ben Stiller film.

Jim Carrey had a good run. Yes Man was comically less superior, but I Love You Phillip Morris is one of his best films (apart from The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind). His foray into entertaining kids may have succeeded in the previous decade.

But, today’s kids are all about vampires, magic and Japanese anime. There’s no possible way, Mr. Popper’s Penguins will be of any help in getting kids back to the eternal charm of rediscovery through CGI animals.

Carrey’s film lacks the charm of a family comedy. Not even Carla Gugino is successful in attracting you.


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