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July 1, 2011 / iainnd

Mr Popper’s Penguins, as understood by someone who hasn’t seen it

Mr Popper’s Penguins came out yesterday.

Did you watch the trailer? I didn’t. Here is 100% of my knowledge about the movie:
-It has Jim Carrey
-It has penguins

However, using only this information, I know for certain that a scene similar to this will be in it:

Jim Carrey comes home one night after a very successful date with the female lead. They’re kissing outside his apartment when he invites her in – but he forgets that there are penguins! He opens the door to see that they’re getting up to all kinds of zany CGI animal mischeif. Some are jumping on the couch. One slides along the floor and crashes into a bookshelf holding many fragile items, which Jim Carrey frantically runs to collect before they hit the floor. Another is raiding the fridge and turns around to reveal he has made a comically large sandwich, mostly consisting of raw fish. And of course, one is dancing in front of the stereo, because if the characters don’t dance it’s just a waste of CGI. Jim Carrey tries to get all of this under control, running around and getting into many wacky slapstick antics, when he ultimately gets fed up, throws his head back and his arms out screaming “Why are there so many PENGUIIIIIIIIINS?”

Another possibility is that just after the penguins first happen, Jim Carrey is trying to get them all to fit in his car. Predictably, it’s a very difficult task and he gets very angry at them. However, once the female lead shows up and comments how adorable it is that he loves animals so much, he goes along with it. “Oh yeah,” he’ll say, leaning his elbow forcefully against the car door while a penguin is having trouble squeezing in. “I love these furry little guys, we have SO-MUCH-FUN-TOGETHER”, slamming the door with his back as he says those last few words. Naturally, during the conversation, one of the penguins accidentally turns off the handbrake, forcing Jim Carrey to hopelessly chase after the car as it rolls down a hill and into either a very expensive sports car or a police car.

As for why the penguins are there, I’m not sure. Like Yes Man, this could possibly be another remake of Liar Liar wherein before blowing out his birthday cake candles, Jim Carrey’s son declares “I wish penguins.”


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  1. Anonymous / Jul 1 2011 1:10 am

    You forgot the part after Jim Carrey comes back from his date and realises there are penguins. Jim Carrey shouts bad excuses really loudly whilst trying to make the penguins go away; his date goes home after realising he is a psycho for not just telling her penguins or going to her house to make sex.Later in the movie, this is revealed to the female after Jim has realised the change in his persona that the penguins were meant to give him (probably responsibility and not being ppushed around). They hug and smile at each other, then have kinky kinky sex off-camera whilst the camera pans out to the penguins going back to where they came from. Or something.

  2. Anonymous / Jul 1 2011 1:16 am

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees that Yes Man is just a remake of Liar Liar!

  3. Anonymous / Jul 3 2011 8:33 am


  4. Mellor / Nov 10 2011 12:05 am

    I freaking love the last paragraph.

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