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Running Time:
1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild rude humor and some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An endearing, painless, but formulaic family comedy trading on Jim Carrey's remarkable physical skills and some moments of clever wordplay

Additional Info:
Jim Carrey ... Mr. Popper
Carla Gugino ... Amanda
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Van Gundy
Ophelia Lovibond ... Pippi
Madeline Carroll ... Janie
Clark Gregg ... Nat Jones
Jeffrey Tambor ... Mr. Gremmins
David Krumholtz ... Kent
Philip Baker Hall ... Franklin
Maxwell Perry Cotton ... Billy
James Tupper ... Rick

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Popper's Penguins  Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) is a high-powered Manhattan real estate agent with a broken family life and a sterile apartment. When his father dies he wills his son six penguins, who arrive in a sealed crate from the Arctic and have no trouble taking up residence in Mr. Popper's Park Avenue high-rise.

The six penguins manage to poop in inconvenient places but somehow they seem to help Mr. Popper reconnect with his kids (Madeline Carroll and Maxwell Perry Cotton) as well as his ex-wife (Carla Gugino), though there's little evidence he was all that awful to them in the first place. Popper's conflicts with a nosy neighbor (David Krumholtz) and trickster doorman (Desmin Borges) make for a nice back-story, but, it is Popper's assistant Pippa (Ophelia Lovibond) who turns out to be the film's most memorable character. She's both very weird and very funny and when
the nattering Nat Jones (Clark Gregg), an officious zoo guy arrives on the scene, it's a set up for a delightful grand finale.

Director Mark Waters ("Freaky Friday") adds a visual flair that so many movies in this genre seem to be missing, making you care about the movie a little more because you can tell he did. When a penguin floods the bathroom, we watch him swimming through a frosted glass door before it breaks; when Mr. Popper heads to an event at the spiral-shaped Guggenheim Museum, you'd better believe the penguins will be sliding down those ramps. It's as if he, the writers and even Jim Carrey knew they were working with sub-par material, and worked extra hard so that the audience might appreciate the effort. I've seen kids laugh hysterically at absolute garbage movies, but I like to think they were laughing just a bit harder at Mr. Popper's Penguins because it actually tried to be entertaining....and it is.

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