Mr. Popper's Penguins

2011 PG 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

2011 PG 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this live-action adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's children's book, Jim Carrey takes on the role of Mr. Popper, a businessman who inherits a small flock of penguins and must transform his Manhattan apartment into an arctic habitat.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
  • Jim Carrey
  • Carla Gugino
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Ophelia Lovibond
  • Madeline Carroll
  • Clark Gregg
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • David Krumholtz
  • Philip Baker Hall
  • James Tupper
  • Dominic Chianese
  • Kelli Barrett
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age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this live-action comedy was inspired by the classic Newbery Award-winning children's book Mr. Popper's Penguins. Like the book, the movie is fine for early elementary-schoolers, who will giggle at Jim Carrey's slapstick antics and all the messes the penguins make. Language is tame -- with the occasional "butt," "poo," "pee," and "stupid" thrown into the dialogue -- and there's some flirting/kissing, as well as one joke with a Viagra reference. Kids may pick up a thing or two about how to care for penguins, but this movie is ultimately about learning to put family first ... and laughing at sight gags.

Sexual Content

A former husband and wife go on a date and eventually kiss; meanwhile, the ex-wife has a boyfriend. A joke includes a Viagra reference (Popper proclaims his vigor and "Viagra-tality"). A teen girl pines over a boy whom she hopes will ask her to a school dance. A man and a woman flirt after they discover a mutual idiosyncrasy. A penguin called Lovey is accused of fathering the eggs of three different penguins.


As in every Jim Carrey movie, slapstick humor and physical comedy are on full display. But there's no actual violence, except that a zoo keeper is hit in the face ... with his own hand. A penguin's beloved egg is deemed unviable by a zoologist. Depictions of a busy but absentee father and how casually his death is received by his grown-up son may be confusing or upsetting to sensitive kids.


Mild insults include "butt," "stupid," "crazy," "dumb," "poo," "pee," and the like. Also "oh my God."

Social Behavior

Mr. Popper develops from a manipulative real-estate developer into a hands-on father who puts family first.


Product placement includes MacBook Pro. Many New York landmarks/teams are mentioned/featured prominently.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Champagne at a fancy party; dinner reception has alcohol.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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