Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mr. Popper's Penguins - DVD Review

Starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carroll, Clark Gregg, Philip Baker Hall, David Krumholtz, Jeffrey Tambor, Maxwell Perry Cotton and Dominic Chianese.  Directed by Mark Waters.


It's Jim Carrey in family-film mode. This harmless, fluffy lil comedy is about a man who inherits six penguins. Somehow they get delivered to his high-rise apartment, and he can't figure out how to get rid of them. But just when he thinks he has a solution, his ex-wife and two kids find out about them, and the kids love them. So he decides to keep them to help bring him closer to his kids.

I don't believe a real penguin was ever used. They looked CGI the whole time. In fact I could picture how they'd do the animated scene if Mary Poppins were ever rebooted.

Mark Waters (Freaky Friday) has some decent touches, and the supporting cast is a little better than usual for something like this.  It bares very little resemblance to the book on which it's based, but it's a decent rental, even if you don't plan on being in the room with your kids when they watch it.

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