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.


Mark Waters


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


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

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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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Did You Know?


This reunites Jim Carrey and Jeffrey Tambor since Dr Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas. 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: I'm not coming in to work again today.
Pippi: Pourquoi?
Mr. Popper: I have a pest problem.
Pippi: What particular pest is the problem?
Mr. Popper: It's a penguin.
Pippi: Penguin?
Mr. Popper: Yeah! It starts with "p"; you ought to be able to handle it.
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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 »


References March of the Penguins (2005) See more »


Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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User Reviews

I expected something else...
9 October 2011 | by alex_i-0See all my reviews

...a bizarre comedy with the penguins as the main starlets.

This was not really the case.

It is a family movie you watch round Christmas and feel a little cheered afterward.

Hollywood is really amazing! In a a bad way. It has one single obsessive theme in most of its movies: the absent father and the relationship divorced father - his kids. I think the writers at Hollywood have real childhood issues and should see a pshycologist about it, instead of being so damn repetitive in every movie! But the penguins not been transformed into humans - like the apes in the awful "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - is a good thing.

Angela Landsbury has aged. But she is still a very sympathetic grand old lady. I love her! 6.5/10. An OK movie!

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Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Popper's Penguins See more »


Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,445,355, 19 June 2011

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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