Pin It

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.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Rated PG (MPAA) · 95 min. · 2011
Official Site:
Director: Mark Waters
Writer: Sean Anders and John Morris
Cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Andrew Stewart-Jones and Curtis Shumaker


Now Playing

Mr. Popper's Penguins is not showing in any theaters in the area.

Related Locations

Pin It

Latest in Film + TV


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Molly Segal

Survey Asks

New Year's Eve?

  • Go out
  • Stay in

View Results

In Print This Week

Vol 26, No 29
December 13, 2018

Cover Gallery »

Real Time Web Analytics

© 2018 Coast Publishing Ltd.