A family takes in an injured Magpie that makes a profound difference in their lives.


Glendyn Ivin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Sam Bloom
Griffin Murray-Johnston Griffin Murray-Johnston ... Noah Bloom
Andrew Lincoln ... Cameron Bloom
Essi Murray-Johnston Essi Murray-Johnston ... Young Noah
Felix Cameron ... Rueben Bloom
Abe Clifford-Barr Abe Clifford-Barr ... Oli Bloom
Jacki Weaver ... Jan
Gerry Gerry ... Penguin
Clipper Clipper ... Penguin
Eugene Eugene ... Penguin
Maggie May Maggie May ... Penguin
Mavis Mavis ... Penguin
Pew Pew ... Penguin
Pip Pip ... Penguin
Wendell Wendell ... Penguin


Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film tells the story of Sam Bloom (Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a shocking, near-fatal accident leaves her paralyzed. Sam's husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird's arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference on Sam's life, teaching her how to live again.

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This marks the second time Naomi Watts has played a character who was injured in Thailand, limiting her ability to walk. The first was in The Impossible (2012) See more »


[first lines]
Noah Bloom: [narrating] Mom lives the ocean. She always has. Mom meet dad on the beach when there were teenagers. They've been together ever since. That's me when I was four. Rueben's my middle brother. He's always been annoying. And then Oli, lucky last. And that's us, the Blooms.
[family photo]
Noah Bloom: Everything was pretty much perfect. But then last year happened. Us kids wanted to go to Disney Land. But mom and dad chose Thailand instead. I liked Thailand.
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Crazy Credits

Photos from the real-life Bloom family are shown during the end credits, depicting scenes recreated in the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

Penguin could have had a family in the end. See more »


Atlantic Ocean
Composed by Ian James McMillan
Licensed courtesy of peermusic Australia
Performed by Blue
Licensed courtesy of NBMUSIC GB
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A Warm Family Movie
27 January 2021 | by Golden_HopeSee all my reviews

This movie is very much a "Sunday Movie". One that you and the whole family would sit down to watch all cozied up.

It is lovely and quite emotional.

I think it's PG rating does show ever so slightly with some of the humour being a little bit childish. I mean it tends to come from the kids so maybe it was a choice.

The acting was good but nothing to write home about. I really enjoyed the young lead. I thought he was great and made the character believable and likeable.

I think you could watch it. It was pretty good

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27 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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