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Ileana’s Movie Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

20th Century Fox

Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury

Summary: This is yet another book that has been adapted for the big screen. The 1938 publication is about a housepainter and his penguins. Fast-forward to the 21st century and Mr. Popper (Carrey) is a real-estate agent with an ex-wife and two kids. Mr. Popper’s father is an explorer who’s rarely home but his final gift to his son turns his world upside down. After receiving a penguin from Antarctica, Popper tries to get rid of it and ends up with five more. After trying to get rid of the penguins, Popper realizes that they are a way for him to re-connect with his family.

Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Mr. Popper somewhat resembles his character from Liar Liar. A career-obsessed, divorced man goes through a life-altering experience and realizes how important the love of his family really is. The difference is that Mr. Popper’s Penguins is aimed at a younger audience and therefore is missing that slapstick humor that Carrey is so good at. The movie is cute, silly, and filled with heart-warming moments, but if you’re over the age of twelve you might be a bit bored.

Trivia: Real penguins were used in some shots of the film but most of the funny bits were done with CGI penguins.

Rated: PG – For mild rude humor and some language.

Grade: C

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