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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:
... Mr. Popper
... Amanda
... Mrs. Van Gundy
... Pippi
... Janie
... Nat Jones
... Mr. Gremmins
... Kent
... Franklin
... Billy
... Rick
... Reader
William Charles Mitchell ... Yates (as William C. Mitchell)
... Young Tommy Popper (as Henry Keleman)
... Tommy's Mom
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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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Rated PG for mild rude humor and some language | See all certifications »

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17 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los pingüinos de papá  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$68,224,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,624,452
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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 »

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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 »

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Mr. Popper: [to Nat, hitting him with the leash] Why are you hitting yourself, huh? Why are you hitting yourself? That's not attractive for a zoo official.
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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 »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.22 (2011) See more »

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LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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Fun for adults, too!
16 July 2011 | by See 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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