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Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  17 June 2011 (USA)
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The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Jones
Yates (as William C. Mitchell)
Young Tommy Popper (as Henry Keleman)


Tom Popper grew up having very little interaction with his father who was off exploring the world. When he grows up he spends most of time on his work and ignores his children. One day his father sends him an unusual gift: a penguin. Popper can't help but wonder why his father would send him a penguin. He tries to get rid of it, but accidentally orders five more. When his children and ex-wife show up to celebrate his son's birthday, the kids are taken with the penguins. And Popper finally gets to connect with his kids while his work suffers. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild rude humor and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los pingüinos de papá  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,445,355 (USA) (17 June 2011)


$68,218,041 (USA) (14 October 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Stiller was originally cast as Mr. Popper. Reportedly, Stiller withdrew from the film after original director Noah Baumbach left. Jack Black and Owen Wilson were considered to replace him, the lead role went to Jim Carrey. See more »


The babysitter's coat is buttoned up as she is about to sit down to watch TV, but it's wide open as she runs out the door. See more »


Mr. Popper: Hello! I have to send the penguins back.
Voice On Phone: Send-da-penguin?
Mr. Popper: Yes, send penguins.
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Crazy Credits

After the end of the credits, you hear one of the penguins hoot three times (but not loud enough to be "Loudy"!) See more »


References Bend It Like Beckham (2002) See more »


Music Composed by Charles Chaplin
Courtesy of Roy Export S.A.S.
(Contains an interpolation of "Flight of the Bumblebee" composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
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User Reviews

Fun for adults, too!
16 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On our way to an "adult" film (the theater turned out to be inaccessible), we ended up at "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which my friend remembered as a book that her now-29-year-old daughter had enjoyed. I can't remember an evening of more unadulterated, good-hearted laughs in ages.

Viewers should be cautioned to abandon any need for verisimilitude. This is not "March of the Penguin," although Jim Carrey does reference Morgan Freeman in one line. The human children, however, are delightfully true-to-life, in their enthusiasms and frustrations. The penguins, however, manage to exhibit a charming mixture of human-child mischief appropriate to their penguin natures -- sliding on any slippery surface, splashing wherever possible, finding refuge in any icy habitat available in a Manhattan apartment.

The dialogue is very well written and well paced. Jim Carrey is at his best -- annoyingly over- the-top as a slick sales executive, genuinely bonding with his surrogate children as time goes on -- a virtual "Marty Poppins." Angela Lansbury displays her mastery of her craft as a wealthy dowager quite unlike the charming "Jessica Fletcher" persona.

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