Posted on 7/08/11 06:06 PM
Color me surprised. As a general non-fan of Jim Carrey (who is great but generally chooses bad projects) and animal movies (at least they don't talk!), I expected Mr. Popper's Penguins to be a disaster of the most grating kind. Thankfully, Carrey turns out one of his most lovable performances, even if it isn't one of his best, as he makes Mr. Popper someone you can care about and root for, despite his failure to be an ideal father. The penguins provide some great moments, too, ranging from simple toilet humor to Charlie Chaplin fandom. There's nothing especially great about Mr. Popper's Penguins, but as a wholesome family comedy, it's certainly something to celebrate.