Mr Popper’s Penguins

Directed by Mark Waters. With Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond. The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

This came up in a discussion at work and I realized that I had never watched it before.

I loved the original book as a child, and I gotta be honest, I stayed away from the movie because of my fond memories of the book. Luckily this is one of Jim Carrey’s better kid safe films and hit all the main broad strokes of the books, though they shoved in a pretty crummy divorce and family redemption storyline that really felt out of place with the rest of the feel good story that was going on. Exceptionally out of place was how the family reacted to the bad guy that was “stealing” the penguins for display at a local zoo. That was actually Clark Gregg, which was a fun surprise, but still, what was the family ultimately expecting to happen with the penguins? That they would stay in the penthouse for all of time?

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