With distinct personalities and plenty of playful antics to boot, they steal each and every scene they’re in—especially when they’re watching the late great Charlie Chaplin (yes, you’ll have to watch to see what I’m talking about). Naturally, crazy characters like these bring out the zany best in Carrey, too, and you can tell he’s having a lot of fun, even without his usual arsenal of risqué, below-the-belt material.

And for families who’ve already seen the second installment of Kung Fu Panda and experienced Judy Moody’s NOT Bummer Summer, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is another good option that should ultimately please kids and adults of all ages. As a bonus, it also offers a little food for thought on what’s most important in life, too.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: Champagne is consumed at a party.
  • Language/Profanity/Humor: One instance of da-- and he-- heard in song lyrics, plus several instances where the Lord’s name is exclaimed. “Freakin” stands in for its harsher counterpart. Scatological humor is pretty much par for the course with plenty of poop and fart jokes throughout.
  • Sex/Nudity: Some mild flirting between Mr. Popper and his ex Amanda, who’s currently dating someone else. A reference to Viagra and gonorrhea.
  • Violence: Only of the comedic variety. Tom is hit in the head and groin area with a soccer ball. The penguins cause problems at a party, which leads to several guests slipping and falling down in dramatic fashion. The appropriately named Bitey regularly chomps on anybody’s legs in biting distance.
  • Religion: In a scene that’s more chuckle-worthy than meaningful, Tom prays before a meal. He not only thanks God for the food, but asks him to keep the ice caps from melting.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.