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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Starring:
Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Clark Gregg and David Krumholtz


Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: June 17, 2011 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Before Mr. Popper's Penguins begins we are treated to another adventure of Scrat, who continues to chase his acorn. This time he splits the Earth by moving the molten center and creating the continents on the surface of the Earth. Scrat is far more interesting and comical than Popper's Penguins.

Jim Carrey's Popper is a successful business man buying up properties for developers and making a fine bonus for his work. He remembers with fondness the father he had who spent little time with him. Dad was an adventurer who traveled most of his life. In his will Dad has sent a special gift to Popper, six penguins who take over Popper's life.

His spectacular apartment quickly becomes a haven filled with snow and very low temperatures to suit the penguins and make them happy. His neighbor Kent (David Krumholtz-TV Numbers) complains about noise but has difficulty locating the flightless birds as Popper bribes security to make them blind to the black and white invaders.

Carla Gugino as the estranged wife and Angela Lansbury as the wealthy woman who Popper wants to buy the Tavern on the Green from so his clients can tear it down and build something new, are almost silent partners in the script.

Very early on it comes to mind that film may just be stupid. Well, that could be enjoyable for kids but dull stupid is a killer and Popper's Penguins are just that. Same jokes over and over bland out and the constant honking irritates throughout.

It's all about a dad changing his life and becoming more interested in his kids than making money. OK but the problem is not fun for us because the script treats us as Popper initially treated his kids. He ignored them.

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