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Mr. Popper is living a life that's not really working for him. His late father sents him a penguin from the Antarctic. He tries to send it back but ends up with five more penguins. The penguins turn his life around and move it to a really fun place.
Comedy - This is a family comedy based loosely on the children's book of the same name. Adult fans of Jim Carrey's wilder, edgier comedy will be disappointed by what is essentially an animal film for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is a stupefying dumb family movie proving that penguins have limited charisma as pets.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The whole movie could be summed up similarly. Mr. Popper's Penguins is predictable, but well-intentioned fun.
Washington PostFull Review Average All others, especially those who enjoyed the penguin-themed 'Surf's Up,' 'Happy Feet' or even 'March of the Penguins,' should get a kick out of "Popper,” if not for the goofball birds themselves, then for their even more endearing human counterpart.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 48 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:All the kids loved it with most giving it the highest review possible.
TEENS:Five of the six loved it.
ADULTS:The male reviews are decent but certainly not great. Only a few rated it real high and many rated it just average or above average. The female reviews are somewhat better. More of them loved it and less rated it mediocre. This doesn't appear to be a new Jim Carrey hit.
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, young Tommy Popper looks forward to the
moments when, on his tiptoes to reach a ham radio in his bedroom, he can talk to
his world-traveling father. Years later, Tommy is now Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey), a
highly successful real estate developer in Manhattan. Amicably divorced from
Amanda (Carla Gugino), with two children (Madeline Carroll and Maxwell Perry
Cotton) he sees on alternate weekends, Mr. Popper lives the life of luxury in
his ultra-modern Park Avenue apartment and is well on his way to becoming
partner at his prestigious firm. That is, until the morning a final gift from
Popper's late father, a souvenir from Antarctica, arrives in a crate at Popper's
Inside the wooden box, nestled amongst ice packs, is a two-foot tall penguin
with bright orange feet. Not a toy penguin, or a stuffed bird from the
taxidermist, as Popper at first assumes, but a real, live penguin, who scampers
across Popper's floor and emits loud honks. Eager to be rid of this wild
creature, Popper contacts every city and state agency imaginable, but no one is
willing to take a pet penguin. His call to Antarctica to try to ship the bird
back instead results in the arrival of another five penguins at Popper's door.
As he gets acquainted with - and increasingly attached to - his winged
roommates, Popper's life quickly unravels: his swanky New York apartment is
turned into a snowy winter wonderland, the deal he's long been working on is
derailed, and he almost lands in jail. But thanks to his new charges, Popper
comes to understand the importance of family - human and otherwise.