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Mr. Popper's Penguins
- Director: Mark Waters (VIII)
- Release Date: June 2011
- Run Time: 94
- Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
If you are a Jim Carrey fan, then you will go to see this film no matter what I say. However, this is not a movie that is worth 12 bucks to go see, even if you have kids. The plot lacks a theme to which it can be loyal all the way through. There is no doubt “Penguins” tries too hard to be funny as a way to set up Carrey to be the funniest character in the film. On that score it fails: Carrey is not funny- just “silly-stupid” as I like to call it.
There are just so many nagging questions for the seriously-minded filmgoer to resolve. For starters, why would someone have a penguin collection at an old age, so old that they would own these birds in captivity near the time of their own death and be compelled to will them to a descendant? I didn’t even scratch my head over that question. It didn’t qualify as an oddity that one would equate with alligators being in the New York City sewer lines, or something bizarre like that- it was just silly-stupid.
And then there was the real estate firm that Carrey’s character worked for as a star salesman. Mr.-uh- oh yeah! - Popper has a gift for selling real estate. And his firm decides that all of his sales haven’t qualified him for anything special, not the least of which is partner, the brass ring in Manhattan real estate sales. So they decide he has to be able to sell a piece of real estate that isn’t for sale. Heh? I didn’t scratch my head over that one. To repeat, heh?
The final bizarre question was about Carrey’s nemesis , Kent (David Krumholtz), who wants to bust Carrey for having pets in violation of his housing contract. But Kent is nowhere to be seen as the penguins misbehave in scene after scene in the building lobby. So why do we need Kent in the movie at all?
Come to think of it, why do we need “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”?