by Sheryl Wall
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Mr. Popper’s Penguins is about businessman Tom Popper whose life is focused around work. He is trying to make a deal to buy the Tavern in the Green in Central Park to have it torn down and if he succeeds he has a promotion in his future.
As a child his father traveled the world on adventures but never spent much time home with his son. As he grew up, Tom found himself having trouble with his family priorities. He is now divorced and has two children whom he struggles to relate to. When Tom’s father passes away he sends him a Gentoo Penguin, which when he tried to send it back he instead ended up with five more.
The movie focuses on how as Mr. Poppers starts to bond with the penguins, his priorities in life change and his relationship with his family grows. They throw in some trouble makers in this movie as well such as the zoo keeper who wants to take the penguins away and the annoying neighbor who threatens to expose Mr. Poppers for keeping illegal pets in the building.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is adapted from a 1938 Newberry Award children’s book written by Richard and Florence Atwater. Although the movie really is almost nothing like the book I still enjoyed it. Just don’t go expecting to compare the two. It is a good family film that everyone can enjoy. Jim Carrey stars as Mr. Poppers which that alone will bring in a lot of adult viewers.
I have heard some concern that it wouldn’t be appropriate for young viewers but I took my two year old daughter to it and she loved it. I felt it was a good movie for young viewers and very appropriate humor. The penguins in the movie are real Gentoo penguins along with computer generated tricks, and they are a lot of fun to watch and see what they will do next. It created an interest for me to learn more about the real Gentoo Penguins.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is definitely a fun movie to take the whole family to this summer.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.