Now Showing on Cable: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”

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This weekend’s big premiere on HBO was last year’s “Mr Popper’s Penguins”.

Loosely based on a children’s book from 1938, “Mr Popper’s Penguins” stars Jim Carrey as a workaholic, divorced father of two who suddenly inherits a small colony of penguins when his long estranged father passes away. Having a batch of penguins around is an inconvenient challenge, and the birds interfere both with his work and his living situation.

But the one thing they do for him is they begin to reconnect him with his family.

Aimed squarely at families, “Popper’s” isn’t a complex film by any means. Neither is it Jim Carrey’s finest hour. But taken for what it is, it’s not the worst movie ever, either.

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