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Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby TNPihl » Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:13 pm

Jim Carrey Online's review:


Mr. Popper’s Penguins is Sure to Make a Splash with Adults and Kids Alike
By Heather Turk (Editor / Reporter)

Loosely based on the classic children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, Jim Carrey’s latest flick, Mr. Popper's Penguins, is the perfect family film. While its trailers may look cheesy, both parents and children alike will be surprisingly taken by the (very) funny film.

Those who remember the book the movie is based on will notice quite a few differences with the script penned by Sean Anders, John Morris and Jared Stern. Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) is no longer a poor house painter who dreams of traveling the world; he is now a divorced, driven real estate developer whose father traveled the globe and frequently left him alone with his mother as a young child. When Popper learns that his estranged father has passed away, he shows little reaction to the horrible news. Life simply goes on as usual, until a package arrives from his recently deceased dad containing one last “souvenir” from Antarctica to remember him by: a Gentoo penguin.

While at first Popper thinks the penguin is simply a stuffed animal, after the bird thaws out he quickly discovers that it’s real. Desperate to get rid of it, he has his assistant Pippi (played perfectly by No Strings Attached’s Ophelia Lovibond) call everyone she can think of to help him solve his “pest problem.” When no one is able to help, he decides to call the original sender in Antarctica to ask for a crate to ship the bird back in. Instead, a crate shows up at Popper’s front door with five more penguins in it.

Before Popper has time to react to the miscommunication, his ex-wife Amanda (Carla Gugino) comes over for a visit with their two kids, Janie (Madeline Carroll) and Billy (Maxwell Perry Cotton), to celebrate Billy’s birthday. Of course, young Billy mistakes the penguins for his birthday gift and before Popper knows it, he’s promising that he won’t get rid of them. Naturally, the birds turn his life upside down, but—as Popper soon discovers—that’s not completely a bad thing. The birds suddenly make dear ol’ dad cool again in his kids’ eyes and help reignite the spark between Popper and Amanda.

Although Mr. Popper’s Penguins may have its fair share of cheesy scenes, overall the movie is actually quite funny. The film features plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, most courtesy of Carrey’s adorable winged costars (especially Loudy). The cast of Gentoo penguins truly steals the show, and it’s hard not to be entertained by them. Occasionally Carrey gets in a few memorable one-liners as well, like thinking the term “BFF” means “Best Fat Friend” when trying to connect with his teenage daughter. However, while Carrey may not be the funniest star in the movie (for once), he still delivers a fine performance, as audiences really get to see his character’s cold heart melt throughout the film.

Carrey’s cast of human costars (which includes the always wonderful Angela Lansbury in her first full-length feature film in six years) also does a fine job, although for the most part none of them are really given much to work with: Mr. Popper’s Penguins is truly Carrey and the penguins’ movie. That being said, Ophelia Lovibond does manage to steal the spotlight in the few scenes she’s in as Mr. Popper’s personal assistant, who somehow manages to make sure that almost every word she speaks starts with the letter “P.” Lovibond says some real tongue twisters throughout the film and delivers them with such ease that it’s impossible not to be impressed with her performance.

In addition to plenty of laughs, Mr. Popper’s Penguins also has a lot of heart. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting a little teary-eyed over the lead penguin’s performance—viewers will truly be able to understand what Captain is feeling at all times. Granted some visual effects were used to assist the penguins with their “acting skills,” but audiences will still feel for Captain (and her CG counterpart) whenever she has “flight envy” watching other birds fly.

While Mr. Popper’s Penguins will most likely be overshadowed at the box office this weekend by Green Lantern’s highly anticipated release, here’s to hoping that Carrey and his cute feathered costars don’t get lost in the summer movie shuffle (especially with Cars 2 racing into theaters next week). The movie is truly one of the best live-action family films to come out of Hollywood in a while, and it would be a shame to see it flop. Although it may not be a completely faithful adaptation of the beloved book it’s based on, Sean Anders, John Morris and Jared Stern’s modern-day retelling of the classic children’s tale would have made Richard and Florence Atwater proud.

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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby cotton » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:54 am

it was awesome! Loved it!
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Postby Canadian Jayne » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:05 pm

I saw it on Friday,
I want to see it again.
It was excellent, ya, "a little bity tear let me down"

Well done Jim and crew, well done. :lol: :P :roll: :shock:
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby Mrs.Popper » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:54 pm

I really Loved Movie.Penquins adorable,specially babies,Loved seeing NewYork,never been there,but will someday.It looks awesome.I really am intriqued by the painting in the Apartment,was it done byJIM?
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby JimCarreyschick » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:55 pm

I really loved Mr. Popper's Penguins it was an awesome movie!

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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby fluffy » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:37 pm

lol............and over on the other side of the pond i'm still waiting........and waiting........and waiting..............lol...........
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby Carrey's Girl » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:37 am

I saw it 2day and i loved it and i want watch it again and again and again that shows how much i loved it it was a very good movie :D :)
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby EvaAraujo » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:00 am

I've just seen Mr. Popper Penguins. (Spoilers Alert)

I live in Portugal and I can garantee you I've never waitted so much to see a movie in my life.
I became a Jim's fan almost a year ago, even tough I knew most of his work before that. This was the first time I actually went throught the "process" of waitting and following (by a fan's point of view) the prodution of a movie.

I've seen clips, pictures I even printed the poster of the movie in a T-shirt that I proudly wore tonight: Image (My mom took the picture... I look like a junky... Lol!)

The movie is absolutely lovely.
I laughed and cried while watching those 6 adorable penguins change Mr. Popper's heart.
Jim Carrey, as usual, shows us in this movie how comedy and drama can be hand in hand. This is no drama, but there are a couple of scenes more "heavy" to your heart, one of them is actually my favourite scene, when Mr. Popper tries everything to hatch one of the penguins eggs. It broke my heart. Also the scens where he played soccer with his daughter. So funny, it hurts!

I'm no one to give a tecnical review on the movie but since being a fan isn't rational either I guess you should prepare your body for the 92 minutes of that movie cause I garantee you, you will leave the theater with a warm heart, your make up smeared (or if your a guy probably saying: What? I have something on my eye!), a smile on your face and definitaly loving Jim Carrey even more.

In my T-shirt, above the poster I wrote: "I'm a Jim Carrey fan & I'm damn proud of it!"

You will be proud... ^^x

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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby grinchy steve » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:28 am

Nice pic, cute shirt! :D
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby fluffy » Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:31 pm

lol..........that's great!!! :D ..........lol...(i confess i would have been tempted to pose as though i were spanking his bum though :lol: :lol: :lol: )..........
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby EvaAraujo » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:14 am

grinchy steve wrote:Nice pic, cute shirt! :D


Thank you!
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Postby EvaAraujo » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:17 am

fluffy wrote:lol..........that's great!!! :D ..........lol...(i confess i would have been tempted to pose as though i were spanking his bum though :lol: :lol: :lol: )..........


Well I may have done it... I just don't have the prove... Lol ^^'
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby Klaatu » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:56 am

Cool shirt! Was the movie in English or Portuguese when you saw it?
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby EvaAraujo » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:16 pm

Klaatu wrote:Cool shirt! Was the movie in English or Portuguese when you saw it?


Thank you! It was my way to own the fact I love being his fan!

I saw it at night in the original version (with subtitles) which only has two session a day, both at night.
The movie also has 3 more sessions in the afternoon but the movie is dubbed. Personally I don't like movies like this being dubbed but the distributer company told me the producer company of the movie demanded to be made a dubbed version.

Honestly, I think it would be better if there was a original session in the afternoon, at least. But still, I watch two times, both original version!
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Re: Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review when you see it)

Postby Insanity » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:35 am

I've been waiting to see this movie for over a year now, ever since I read on Wikipedia he was gonna do a new movie, especially one with penguins. I was so excited in June when it was supposed to come out, when I found out it would not play until August in Belgium. I'm sure you can imagine my rage! Mr. Popper's Penguins will premiere on Saturday, which is when I'm finally going to see it! I'm sure I'll fall in love with it right away! :D
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