Mr. Popper's Penguins

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Carrey's penguin antics are predictable but still funny.

PG 2011 95 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 60 reviews

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age 10+

Nothing like the book

Just watched this. Let my 6 year old watch it because we had read the book. Nothing like the book! It does have language which was very disappointing. A few funny parts. I could also see how it could be disappointing for kids with divorced parents, and wanting them to get back together (because it portrays that in the movie).

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Too much swearing
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age 5+

Penguins

This is a movie about a workaholic father with Daddy issues and a crumbling relationship with his separated wife and kids who gets evil penguins in the mail who proceed to destroy his home and ruin his career whilst saving his marriage because what lady can resist a man with evil penguins to entertain the kids and make a gawd awful mess? I know that I absolutely love the idea of a relationship with a man who is willing to convert his living space into a penguin sanctuary. But in all seriousness this is a charming movie and the evil penguins causing mischief is the best part.
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