If you read a review that only gives “Mr. Popper Penguins” one star and dismisses it as a moronic kids movie (Mick LaSalle, “Houston Chronicle” reviewer, I’m looking at you), do me a favor and ignore it. Don’t let those curmudgeons convince you to stay home or see something else.
Sidebar: LaSalle awarded that same measly, lonely star to “Kung Fu Panda 2”; he was wrong there, too.
We watched “Mr. Popper” with a great Father’s Day crowd yesterday morning—love seeing all the dads with their kids—and it got rave reviews from all four of us. Of course, it’s formulaic (what movie isn’t these days?), but it’s got a great message (put your family first), and it made me tear up (love that!).
Jim Carrey stars as Thomas Popper, a divorced, ruthless real estate developer, who was scarred by having an absentee, adventure-loving father. He inherits penguins from his dad, and they provide hilarity, inconvenience, and learning about love for Mr. Popper.
For a change, Carrey isn’t manic and over the top. In fact, he’s perfect for this role. This really is a good movie to see with your kids. In fact, I had as much fun watching my sons’ reactions to various scenes as I did the flick.
What’s not to love about penguins?