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.

Director:

Mark Waters

Writers:

Sean Anders (screenplay), John Morris (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Mr. Popper
Carla Gugino ... Amanda
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Van Gundy
Ophelia Lovibond ... Pippi
Madeline Carroll ... Janie
Clark Gregg ... Nat Jones
Jeffrey Tambor ... Mr. Gremmins
David Krumholtz ... Kent
Philip Baker Hall ... Franklin
Maxwell Perry Cotton ... Billy
James Tupper ... Rick
Dominic Chianese ... Reader
William Charles Mitchell William Charles Mitchell ... Yates (as William C. Mitchell)
Henry Kelemen ... Young Tommy Popper (as Henry Keleman)
Kelli Barrett ... Tommy's Mom
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Storyline

Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) 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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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The "Mr. Popper's Penguins" book was retroactively named a 1939 Newbery Honor Book in 1971. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pippi: [Over phone] Mr. Popper, Pippi. I've parleyed with The Tavern people, and persuaded them to ponder your proposal.
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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 »


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Spin Spin
Written by Steve Sidwell
Courtesy of Firstcom Music
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Fun for adults, too!
16 July 2011 | by plamya-1See 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,445,355, 19 June 2011

Gross USA:

$68,224,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,361,754
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1.85 : 1
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