REVIEW: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Christmas Gift Guide 2011)

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I finally got the chance to sit down and watch Mr. Popper’s Penguins and it’s pretty good. It’s not one of those movies you will watch over and over but it’s a fun family movie.

Jim Carrey stars as Mr. Popper, a father whose family is disjointed and needs help to get back together as a true family should be. When he is gifted a penguin (and then later, 5 more) he takes care of it and along the way his whole family learns important lessons that bring them together.

There are a few parts that are what I call “Stupid Funny” and which I don’t find particularly funny so I was worried I wouldn’t like the movie but it got better after that and got more to a heartwarming movie and less away from a toilet humour type of movie. I really wish they omitted those parts though (poop parts.) They didn’t contribute to the movie.

Mr. Popper’s assistant is funny. Her name is Pippi and she loves the letter p. She talks with as many p words as possible. At one point she is supposed to be reading aloud part of a book and every other word starts with P. Mr. Popper asks if it really says that and she says she’s paraphrasing.

Overall the movie could have been better but it could have been worse. I’d say 3/5 stars.

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