Reviewer: Emily Manthei Source:
20th Century Fox
Sean Anders (screenplay), John Morris
Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Madeline Carroll, Maxwell Perry Cotton
Mr. Popper, a successful real estate developer in Manhattan, receives a curious gift from his late father: a penguin. Soon enough, he receives five more penguins while attempting to get rid of the first one and a tale of family, friendship and commitment ensues. Mr. Popper's children, his ex-wife and even his secretary get caught up in the fun of protecting Popper's new penguin family. When a zookeeper tries to take the penguins away, the Popper family must work together to save them and stick together.
This delightful film deals with family issues like parenthood and divorce in a light but positive way. Popper (Jim Carrey) is estranged from his father, who traveled incessantly when he was a child. When Popper himself grows up, his job also becomes more important than his children, and his children, who spend most of their time with his ex-wife, see him only when he has time for them. Through the course of the movie, Popper begins to see that his children – both the human ones and the penguins – are much more important than his work. Additionally, his new, more compassionate spirit allows him to rekindle a romance with his ex-wife. As he gains respect for the importance of family, he also begins to respect history and tradition. While his initial goal as a real estate agent is to acquire and tear down a historic building in Central Park, his newfound values convince him that rebuilding and restoring is greater than destroying and purging.
We are pleased to award Mr. Poppers Penguins our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages 12 and over.
Content Description: Sex: None Language: G/OMG-6; "thank God"-1; "sexy"-1; "shut up"-1; "rat's butt"-1; "stupid thing"-1; "viagratality"-1 Violence: Comic violence with penguins knocking over people, being rowdy and noisy, etc; a zoo official is tied up and made to punch himself in the face with his tied hands repeatedly; character is hit in the crotch with a soccer ball Drugs: Adults drink champagne at an art function; mother has a glass of wine sitting next to her as she talks on the phone Nudity: A character touches his pecks and says they are cold. Other: Penguins poop, there is flatulence and they do other crass things; character asks his assistant to lie for him; a penguin egg doesn't hatch; divorced parents strain to rekindle their romance; zookeeper lies about penguins' whereabouts.