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‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ A Flippery Treat for Young Kids: Movie Review

Updated on June 22, 2011

Don’t expect middle schoolers to get much laugh out of this movie, but your elementary aged children will enjoy the childish humor provided. ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ is an onscreen modern adaptation of the 1938 children’s book ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’, starring Jim Carrey as Tom Popper, Maxwell Perry Cotton and Madeline Carroll as his distant children, Carla Gugino as his ex-wife, and the lovely Angela Lansbury as a sought after client.

Tom Popper is a divorcee that is so absorbed in his career as a real-estate developer that he neglects his children and ex-wife (hence, the reason for the divorce). Popper’s world traveling father, whom he had only short-wave radio communication with while growing up, has died and has left Popper a little surprise something. Well, more like six little surprise somethings. You guessed it – he left him the penguins. A penguin is delivered to Popper’s apartment one day and is followed by five more penguins being delivered. His first intention is to get rid of the penguins which are intruding on his potential closing deal with Mrs. Van Gundy. As the penguins warm the hearts of his two children, Popper decides to keep the penguins, which leads him to basically freeze his apartment to accommodate the penguins. Will Mr. Popper seal the deal withMrs.Van Gundy? Will the Poppers reunite as a family? What will happen to all those penguins? I am not going to spoil the movie for you – although I’m sure you can figure out the ending.

What is favorable about this movie is that Jim Carrey is not his usual scene stealing self, but allows the penguins to provide much of the laughs in the movie. Between the penguin poop jokes and the many crazy antics, ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ will be received well by your elementary aged children – something they need in response to the domination of comic book movies at the theaters.

Cast: Jim Carrey; Maxwell Perry Cotton; Madeline Carroll; Carla Gugino; and Angela Lansbury

Director: Mark Waters

Rated: PG for mild rude humor and some language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Theatrical Release Date: June 17, 2011


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