A high-concept, family-friendly comedy vehicle that stars Jim Carrey would’ve been a box office smash in the mid-90s – or just eight years ago, even. Although his star meter has cooled a bit since then, the rubber-faced comedian’s name still sells tickets and will continue to do so this summer with Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
There’s now an official teaser trailer for Mr. Popper’s Penguins and it provides all the information you need to know about this movie – namely, that it features Carrey doing his usual comical schtick alongside six adorable penguins, and together they get to perform an assortment of dance numbers.
The film is an adaptation of Richard Atwater’s Newbery Award-winning 1938 children’s book, which tells the tale of a humble housepainter who wishes he could’ve explored the Arctic before he settled down and started a family. Mr. Popper gets the next best thing when he unexpectedly acquires a collection of penguins and trains them to perform in a traveling show called… “Popper’s Performing Penguins,” appropriately enough.
Fast-forward to 2011 and that story is the basis for Carrey’s new movie, in which he stars as a divorced businessman whose life is thrown into disarray when he inherits half a dozen penguins. Cue the wacky scenes of Carry waking up to find the flightless birds have taken over his bed and essentially invaded his apartment.
Watch the teaser for Mr. Popper’s Penguins below:
Mr. Popper’s Penguins was directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and scripted by Sean Anders and John Morris – the writing duo responsible for such raunchy R-Rated comedies like Sex Drive, She’s Out of My League, and Hot Tub Time Machine.
It appears all three of those fellows have toned things down with Penguins, which doesn’t look like it’ll be anything more or less than a PG-Rated laughfest about your stereotypical Hollywood jerky workaholic (Carrey) who learns a valuable lesson about life and family – through a rather unusual series of events.
That’s not to say the movie won’t be good clean fun for moviegoers with children, or that it won’t have its fill of Carrey performing a variety of genuinely amusing comical bits and kid-friendly gags. It’s just best not to look forward to this thing expecting it to be anything but formulaic.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins arrives in theaters this summer on June 17th.