Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Mark Waters (The Spiderwick Chronicles)


Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper; Carla Gugino as Amanda; Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Van Gundy; Ophelia Lovibond as Pippi; Madeline Carroll as Janie; Maxwell Perry Cotton as Billy

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Mr. Popper's Penguins

As a child, Tom Popper played with foreign souvenirs and waited for his globe-trotting dad to contact him. But while Dad was forever chasing the next big thing in Morocco, Samoa and everywhere in between, he was neglecting Tom—his most precious gift. When he grows up, Tom becomes just like his father. It’s not surprising, then that Tom's wife and kids aren't living with him any longer.

When Tom inherits a penguin from his late father—with five more of the waddling birds tagging along—life becomes more . . . interesting. The flippered friends, named Captain, Lovey, Stinky, Bitey, Loudy and Nimrod, soon worm their way into the family's heart. Unfortunately, keeping penguins happy in an apartment in New York City poses problems. In fact, a city zoo official is hot on the penguins' tail feathers to have them placed in a viewing tank.

In Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Tom rediscovers his emotions thanks to the affectionate penguins. He gradually learns that it's OK to experience and express deep feeling, which builds stronger bonds with his family.

The film features lots of slapstick violence, poop jokes and a few swear words. Also, Tom lies repeatedly and bribes people to keep quiet about the penguins in his apartment.

The movie version of Richard and Florence Atwater’s classic tale certainly won't go down in box office history. But Tom does tell his bosses, "Some things you just can't afford to miss," explaining that years of skipping his children's soccer games or dance recitals have cost him dearly. This realization may bring his family back together again, and it’s a lesson that won't leave penguin fans out in the cold.

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