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Mr. Popper's Penguins

A movie directed by Mark Waters

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'Mr. Popper's Penguins' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Feels The Magic In Carey's Comedy (Video)

  • Jun 15, 2011

By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and stars Jim Carey as Mr. Tommy Popper.  This film is actually based on a 1939 novel that has been read by children for decades.  

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, young Tommy Popper looks forward to the moments when he can speak to his world traveling father on his ham radio. His father calls him from far away exotic places and as time goes on, Tommy misses his father more and more.  He is one very lonely boy.

Years later, Tommy is now Mr. Popper, a highly succesful real estate developer in Manhattan.  Amicable divorced from Amanda (Carla Gugino) with two children (Madeline Carroll and Maxwell Perry Cotten) who he sees on alternate weekends, Mr. P. lives the life of luxury in his ultra modern Park Avenue apartment and is well on his way to becoming a partner at his prestigious firm.

Popper is a fast talking salesman who convinces the owners of historic buildings to sell them to his employers. These beautiful buildings wind up being torn town and replaced with money making monstrosities.

But one morning a final gift from Popper's late father changes his life in ways he never could have imagined.

Yep...Just as the title suggests, Tommy Popper receives six large penguins.  Now these aren't just any penguins...These are penguins that bond with one person and do not let go.  They also have incredible tracking ability but that's another story.

Soon, Popper's new winged roommates turn his life upside down and eventually, he falls in love with them...And that's exactly what will happen to you when you watch this film.

Yes, on one level 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' may be geared toward tweens and younger...but I absolutely adored it.

This film is about changing your life, coming to terms with your past and learning how to take responsibility for your family...human or animal.

 Anyone that has a child or is connected to their inner child must see 'Mr Popper's Penguins'
.Jim Carey and the rest of the cast are wonderful, but the real stars of the film are...the Penguins of course.  They are amazing creatures.

This  film is definitely worthy of the five bagels I gave it.  My other half, John, had a totally different opinion...but luckily I get the last word.

'Mr. Popper's Penguins' opens in theaters Friday, July 17, 2011 
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June 15, 2011
way too much fun.
June 15, 2011
I think I need to be in a mood to see this and since I've been depressed, this may perk me up!
June 15, 2011
the penguins will make you happy - at least for a couple of hours LOL
June 15, 2011
sounds like a lot of fun! I think John is having such fun with that penguin LOL!! sweet and familiar's not so bad I guess....
More Mr. Popper's Penguins reviews
review by . July 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Mad About Penguins
Firstly, I must qualify that I'm kinda crazy about penguins. So much so I went to Antarctica to visit them!      After The Tree of Life early this morning, I was left with a little sensory overload and emotional backlash. Lunch didn't help much either so after window shopping for some 2 hours or so, I decided to go back to the theater. Mr. Popper's Penguins, here I come!            Admittedly, I've no high expectation …
review by . June 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Mr. Popper’s Penguins exists in a gray area between wholesome family entertainment and mindless pandering to children, and I honestly don’t know which half is doing more harm. It’s lightweight, uncomplicated, and generally innocent, so perhaps it’s perfectly suited for the age group it’s intended for. On the other hand, children are unlikely to make much of the fact that Mr. Popper is a real estate developer, and they …
Quick Tip by . April 19, 2011
posted in Movie Trailers
Mr. Popper's Penguins -- A film adaptation to children's book of same title by Richard Atwater. This is one of my favorite books from growing up and I can't wait to see what Jim Carrey does to add to the loveable Mr. Popper.     
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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