Car­rey goes cold

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RE­MEM­BER the days when Jim Car­rey would throw him­self un­der a bus for a lark? Then he’d get up, sprint like heck ahead of the bus and do it all over again?

Well, that guy has gone. And he ain’t ever com­ing back.

In the sub-par, kids’ flick Mr Pop­per’s Pen­guins, all you will see is the ghost of the man we knew and loved to laugh at.

Car­rey plays Pop­per, a cut-throat cap­i­tal­ist who does the bid­ding of some mean old prop­erty de­vel­op­ers.

Just as he’s on the verge of land­ing a deal that will see him win a pro­mo­tion, Pop­per takes de­liv­ery of a box of live pen­guins left to him by his late ex­plorer fa­ther.

Nat­u­rally, the birds are go­ing to do their best to bun­gle that big deal. This is mainly be­cause Pop­per is com­pelled to keep them

Jim’s not-so-happy feat around as pets to stay in the good books of his ex-wife ( Carla Gug­ino) and chil­dren ( played by Made­line Car­roll and Maxwell Perry Cot­ton).

All po­ten­tial en­joy­ment of this sappy af­fair rests on how snap­pily Car­rey can in­ter­act with his squawky lit­tle co-stars. Un­for­tu­nately, but un­der­stand­ably, the pro­duc­tion was not able to use real pen­guins. Car­rey has to play against 80 per cent life­like, flap­ping blobs of CGI an­i­ma­tion, which seems to have re­strained his per­for­mance when he should be cut­ting loose.

The car­toon­ish pen­guins, which do not ex­hibit as much in­di­vid­ual or en­dear­ing per­son­al­ity as the film­mak­ers have as­sumed, peck at, poop on and pester Car­rey to very slight comedic ef­fect.

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