DVD: Mr Popper's Penguins (PG)


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Back in the mid noughties, you couldn't move for marching and dancing penguins, so there's something vaguely out-of-date about this Jim Carrey kids book adaptation.

But if flightless birds still tug at your heartstrings, you could do worse than this innocuous, cosy family flick. There's a moral, there's a clever blend of real and CGI birds and there's a muted (ie less annoying than normal) Carrey. The penguins are a touchy-feely metaphor for family, educating the rubber-faced comic's "emotionally unavailable" Manhattan real-estate schmuck in the ways of fatherhood. On second thoughts, only see this if you really do love penguins.