Mr. Popper - a talented and successful real estate agent, as well as potential director of a major campaign. He is divorced and has two children and luxurious apartments in the heart of New York. And his father had recently died, which he had seen only few times in his life. No, his father was not, like him, divorced. Simply, he was an avid traveler and gifted zoologist. And the only thing he left before his death to his beloved child, was a large parcel with a penguin. And now a life of promising businessman changed abruptly ...
Humor in this film - a parody of the crumpled "classics" of the genre. Few times there are really funny moments. The only thing that brightens it - this is Jim Carrey himself, who with his, no doubt, a wonderful game of trying to somehow draw a picture to an acceptable level for comedy. Unfortunately, even his antics, bored, after all, his film looks very familiar, if not - is trivial.
Apart from him, from the cast, I would also like to mention Angela Lansbury. She, in spite of a short screen time, managed to bring in a picture of a drop of English elegance, charm.
The very same movie (and especially humor) affects its predictability. In general, it is difficult to predict how the story will develop, what will be result and how it will react to the surrounding. From all this it can be identified unless the changes in the apartment itself of Popper who was not only unexpected, but quite amusing and even beautiful. It was a pleasant surprise from the makers, though not for long lived on the screen.
In general, do not expect anything original or interesting adaptation of a children's book, which in America is taught in the elementary grades. If you have kids or little brothers and sisters, takes them to this movie: I have no doubt that they will like it, and they will leave cinema happy. If you do want to go for good, but poorly-developed children's comedy, it is best to turn into the next room at the "Transformers" or "Bad teacher." From them you get much more fun.