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(2011), PG [13-PG*] (88.5min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG [13-PG*] ... Fit for the family? That is your call to make.

Production (US): Davis Entertainment Company, Dune Entertainment
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Mark Waters
Producer(s): John Davis, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Derel Dauchy, Joel Gotler, Jonathan Filley, Ira Napoliello, Linda Hill
Screenplay: Sean Anders, John Morris, Jared Stern
Based on Novel by: Richard and Florence Atwater
Cinematography/Camera: Florian Ballhaus
Music: Rolfe Kent
Film Editing: Bruce Green
Casting: Marci Liroff, Kathleen Chopin
Production Design: Stuart Wurtzel
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

Mr. Popper's Penguins is a fantasy tale of New York high-priced real estate developer Thomas Popper (Jim Carey) receiving a last will and testament gift from his father ... a Gentoo penguin. Soon, by miscommunication Popper has six Gentoo penguins. And that is not all. Three of the penguins lay eggs and two of them hatch. All in Popper's New York lush apartment ... which does not allow pets.

Popper's relationship with his distant absentee father was unrequited. His father was always gone, globe trotting as an explorer, promising to be back ... but never showed up. His father's contacts with Thomas were by an amateur radio set. Popper grew up to be a photocopy of his father -- until the penguins lead things along a more positive path.

Popper was married to Amanda (Carla Gugino) and had two children, Janie (Madeline Carroll) and Billy (Maxwell Perry Cotton). Being divorced, Thomas appears to Billy just like Thomas' father did to him. The plight created by caring for the penguins in Popper's apartment turned out to be a force to reunify the Popper family.

But along the way is a zoo penguin expert (Clark Gregg) trying to get the penguins away from Popper so they could, in his words, receive proper care. Angela Lansbury appears as Mrs. Van Grundy, the owner of the legendary Central Park's Tavern on the Green, the target of Popper's professional real estate interest. If he can get Van Grundy's property, Popper would be made a partner of the firm. And he gets it but not the way one might think by what I have revealed.

You can probably imagine what might go on in caring for six penguins in a plush slate-grey Manhattan apartment. And you would probably be right. For example, imagine six inches of snow in your living room. An ice skating path between rooms.

I am not going to try to build an in-depth summary of the story in case, after discovering herein the truth about its content, you decide this film is fit for your family.

Fit for the family? That is your call to make. We just tell you what is there - you decide on its fitness. This film is rated PG but because of all the crude humor, abuse of God's name and other matters revealed by the listing in the Findings section of this report, this film earned a PG-13 equivalent final score of 67 out of 100, making it a 13-PG*. The final score of 67 is at the very top of the scoring range earned by PG-13 films (67 to 55 out of 100) therefore one point below the bottom of the scoring range earned by PG-rated films (68 to 86 out of 100). But it is a PG-13 equivalent score nonetheless. Most notably because of the R-equivalence of the findings made by the Impudence/Hate content investigation area, not because of the intensity of any particular instance of assault on morality and wholesomeness but because of the sheer number of "lesser" assaults. See our CAP Rule of 1000 publication for more information about this content loading technique.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 81 out of 100
This is not really a "violent" film but this investigation area also includes criminal behaviors. Those found include unlawful confinement, unlawful bondage and assault.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 10 out of 100
If it were not for all the lying, the crude humor, the defecation humor and teen disrespect of her father and a few other matters of impudence such as flatulence repeatedly, this film would have earned at least a yellow CAPCon Alert light shown in the upper lef corner of this page. But instead it earned a red CAPCon Alert light.

Note that during the rolling credits a rap song uses two instances of profanity. If it were not for the rap song and two uses of a euphemism of the most foul of the foul words, once by a teen and once by an adult, there would be no profanity in this film. [Eph. 4:29]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 74 out of 100
A crotch hit, crude anatomical humor repeatedly, a dress ripped off a woman, a woman atop a man and a penguin humping a woman's leg caused the loss of a touch over one quarter of the starting 100 points in this content investigation area. [Eph. 5:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 81 out of 100
The repeated appearances of alcoholic beverages, the drinking and a reference to illegal drugs in the background rap song cost the film about 20% of the starting 100 points in this convent investigation area.

Offense to God (O) - 62 out of 100
Abuse of God's name was relatively rampant. That is an example of the contempt for His name He warns us about in Deut. 5:11.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides or even mentions of them in the entire 88.5 minutes of this film.



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  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 85 out of 100
  • unlawful confinement
  • unlawful bondage
  • assault, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 2 out of 100
  • teen disrespect of father, repeatedly
  • order to lie
  • lying, repeatedly
  • defecation humor, repeatedly
  • lie for money
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • extortion for money
  • two uses of profanity in a rap background song

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 74 out of 100
  • crotch hit, repeatedly
  • crude anatomical humor, repeatedly
  • dress ripped off woman
  • penguin humping woman's leg
  • woman atop a man

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 81 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking
  • drug references in a rap background song

    Offense to God (O) - 62 out of 100
  • 11 abuses of God's name

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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