Loosely based on Florence Atwater's 1938 children's book, Mr. Popper's Penguins never completely gels. But that doesn't stop Jim Carrey from using everything in his arsenal of comic physicality to keep his audience entertained. A Jimmy Stewart impersonation and a few Charlie Chaplin duck-walk steps go a long way.
As a boy, Tommy Popper grew up knowing his traveling businessman father more by the sound of his dad's voice during nightly radio transmissions than from spending any real time with the old man.
The penguins' individual personalities don't go much beyond representative names like "Lovey," "Bitey," and "Stinky." Still, Mr. Popper's Penguins is an adequate family film. Audiences go to a Jim Carrey movie to watch the spastic comedian make funny faces and react to outrageous situations with his trademark rubber-band physicality. You probably won't come away from the movie with any newfound appreciation for penguins, but you'll get what you came for from Carrey. Grade: B-
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