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Perfunctory Mr Popper's Penguins

Carrey has moments, but otherwise not much to see here


Jim Carrey does his best impression of a manic businessman turned penguin-hoarder for an hour and a half. Mike Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) alters a classic children’s novel beyond recognition: As Mr. Popper, Carrey winterizes his swanky Manhattan apartment for Antarctic waterfowl bequeathed to him by his absentee father, attempts to reignite a broken-up marriage and wins over his two estranged children. Poop-squirting birds help his cause, of course. Old-school rubber-face Carrey shines through a few times in a pared-down incarnation and when he does it’s genuinely funny, making the movie tolerable---he even whips out a Jimmy Stewart impersonation. The rest of the cast is inconsequential and without Carrey the entire movie would be too, but not even a menagerie can revive his Ace Ventura glory days.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

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Director: Mark Waters

Writer: Sean Anders and John Morris

Cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Andrew Stewart-Jones and Curtis Shumaker

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