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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?


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 »


In the 1970s, Thomas Popper Jr. uses an amateur radio set to communicate with his father. It is operating around 21.2460 MHZ; however, during this time period, this was not an available voice frequency to American amateurs. 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

No penguins were harmed in the making of this film. Jim Carrey, on the other hand, was bitten mercilessly. But he had it coming. See more »


Featured in Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) See more »


Music Composed by Charles Chaplin (as Charlie 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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Jim Carrey saves this film from being a total disaster
13 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On Saturday, I had the honor of attending an advanced screening of Mr. Popper's Penguins. Now I have never read the book in my life, but I am aware that the film is an extremely loose, contemporary adaptation with a setting in the present day rather than the 1930s in the book. So if you're a die-hard fan of the classic book, avoid this movie because they made so many changes to this new setting, it's insane. I am a Jim Carrey fan as well, which was the main reason I went to this film, but don't kill me for saying that I still have not seen Liar Liar, Ace Ventura, and The Mask yet. But those three are still on my watch list, though.

Jim Carrey plays Tom Popper, a successful New York City businessman who has put almost all of his life into his work life instead of family. One day he gets a phone call saying that his father has died, but he left him a gift behind. That gift is six gentoo penguins, and these penguins are going to help him realize that he has shunned out almost every opportunity he's had in life to appreciate the beauty you can experience if you take the time to do so. Once the penguins are brought into the public eye, though, Popper has to contend with a stern zoo keeper (Clark Gregg) who wants the penguins because he believes that Popper's house is not well-suited to take care of all of them.

Jim Carrey definitely carries this movie and saves it from being a complete disaster. His physical slapstick that has become well known in almost his whole career translates in a good enough manner to provide so decent moments of comedy. He may be very grounded in his limits for what he can and can't do, but watching Carrey go crazy on screen is always good enough for me. The supporting cast's performances are really nothing special, but it was pretty cool to see Clark Gregg go on the villain side for once, when he's not playing SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson in the MARVEL films building up to The Avengers. However, the penguins I believe are the weakest part of the film. The jokes involving the penguins are heavily centered on young children and parents who like to see their kids laugh. I'm 17 so I thought most of the jokes were very juvenile at some times, especially a running joke they carry on with one of the penguins who goes by the name of Stinky. In addition, you'll be able to tell in every scene involving the penguins when they're real or CGI, especially in the final climactic sequence of the film.

Overall, if you've seen the trailers to this film, you pretty much know what you're going to get out it. This movie could have been a Razzie nominee in several categories, but Jim Carrey is there to save it from going in that direction. I can say that I mildly enjoyed most of this movie, but I'll probably forget sometime this week.

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