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Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

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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:
Mrs. Van Gundy
Nat Jones
Mr. Gremmins
William Charles Mitchell ...
Yates (as William C. Mitchell)
Young Tommy Popper (as Henry Keleman)
Tommy's Mom


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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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 USA:

$18,445,355, 17 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the source novel, Mr. Popper forms a vaudeville act called "Popper's Performing Penguins." This story element was considered as a movie plot but ultimately not used. 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 »


Written by Daniel May and Marc Ferrari
Courtesy of Firstcom Music
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Jim Carrey makes a Disaster waiting to Happen in to an Enjoyable 90 minutes,
7 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Mr Popper's Penguins is a good movie with a reasonably well developed storyline and a talented cast. It's an enjoyable family film that had many funny moments and is also quite sweet, it easily could have been a disaster, but I think Jim Carrey did a great job of making it watchable, he may have only done this for a pay check but he looked like he was having fun and really became this character. However, It certainly has many flaws, it throws far too much conflict and issues at Mr. Popper, a divorce, a difficult job and kids who hate him, they seemed like too much problems to give its audience for a ninety minute film, and adding the penguins didn't feel as significant because of the real life struggles that faced him. I found Ophelia Lovibond's performance unbearable, Pippi was a very annoying character, her constant use of words beginning with p wasn't funny to begin with, and they just kept it coming. It has its flaws, but Mr. Popper's Penguins is still a fun film that I would recommend to a family if you ever see it on television and have some time to kill.

Mr Popper gets sent six penguins, which makes the man's life a lot more difficult, although he starts to grow fond of them when he discovers the joy it brings his children.

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