Sunday, February 5, 2012

One Minute Movie Review: Mr. Popper's Penguins

I think Jim Carrey's career may have finally run its course. The best way to describe this film is a regurgitation of a severely watered down, dull mix of Liar, Liar, and Ace Ventura, two of Carrey's signature flicks. There are moments where we catch the irreverent, physical comedy that made him a star, but they are quick and muted, easily missed. Even the CGI penguins upstage him for most of the picture. There are some mildly funny moments, but not enough to make this film bearable. It is the usual Cats in The Cradle storyline, but with little energy or chemistry between Carrey and his supporting cast. Most of the acting is juvenile and unmistakably predictable. The humor relies heavily on poop jokes and lame slapstick. This was yet another miss from the former comedic force who brought us Vera de Milo, Fire Marshall Bill, and the like. Dramatically speaking, I do not think he will ever surpass his performance in the Truman Show which was a mediocre movie at best. There are a few upcoming features in which Carrey may return to his outlandish over the top roots, but I am not optimistic (as one of them is a sequel to Bruce Almighty). 2 out of 5 Kernels:  Oh, Ace where art thou?

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