Reel Watchers: Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" is the cute and likable story of Mr. Popper and a troop of penguins that he has recently inherited from his deceased father.

Jim Carey plays Tom Popper, a divorced workaholic who is alienated from his two children, Janie and Billy. The penguins attach themselves to Popper and his family and quickly make themselves at home in their lives.

At first, Popper searches for a way to rid himself of the birds but quickly grows to care for them. Popper must fight several people in order to retain the penguins, including a nosy, pet-obsessed neighbor and a New York City zookeeper who wants the birds for his own secret reasons. The care and protection of the penguins serves to reconnect the Popper family.

In the end, the penguins teach Mr. Popper a valuable lesson: the importance of family. With its underlying theme of the importance of the connection between parent and child, this film makes a good outing for Father's Day.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" is a fun family flick. The story has elements that will appeal to both parents and kids alike. Both children and adults will like the penguins and their antics.

The slapstick humor and penguin poop gags seem a little contrived after a while but, all in all, they are still humorous. The computer graphics in this movie, especially those concerning the penguins, are very well done.

The acting is forgettable, though, with Jim Carey playing a part he has played many times before in many previous movies. While Carey may be the "lead" of Mr. Popper's Penguins, the penguins are definitely the "stars".

I give this feature three out of four miners.