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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 »


When Janie and Billy enter Mr.Popper's "snowy" home, Janie has the keys in her right and her left hand is in her coat's pocket. A few seconds later, she throws a snowball to her dad. But, in those seconds, she didn't bowed to take some snow for snowball. 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 »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Bad Teacher/Cars 2 (2011) See more »


Written and Performed by Syd Dale (as Sydney Dale)
Courtesy of The Music Collective
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User Reviews

A great family comedy that got me a few laughs
21 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing the trailer for this movie, I've finally got the chance to see it today at the 1:30 premiere in AMC Theaters. I'll write the plot before I make my opinion.

It revolves around Tom Popper (Jim Carrey), a businessman who spends most of his time with his life instead of his family. One day, after his father dies, he receives a crate which contains all six penguins who then turns his life upside-down. Learning that he has to love them, he does whatever he can to take care of them at any costs.

To those who read the book, I've read the book as well, but this movie is loosely based on the book and I've got my opinion to prove it.

The only problem that I had with this movie was the storyline's pacing. It was so rushed while everything else in this movie turned out great. The casting was brilliant and even Jim Carrey, Angelina Lansbury and Jeffrey Tambor did great at their performances. The jokes were very funny I laughed at every single one of them. The development was organized and well built together. That's all I gotta say.

Mr. Popper's Penguin's lacks in any depth, but it is a great comedy film and little kids and their parents should watch this so they could laugh their butts off for a few minutes.


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