[[caption-width-right:295:Sometimes inheritance just really bites.]]
A 2011 film starring Creator/JimCarrey and directed by Mark Waters based on the children's book of the same name.
Mr. Thomas "Tom" Popper, Jr. (Carrey), a workaholic realtor, who spends so little time with his family that he and his wife Amanda (Carla Guingo) recently divorced and he doesn't pay much attention to his kids Billy and Janie. One day, Popper gets a surprise from his recently deceased father, a gentoo penguin. Upon trying to return it, a miscommunication is made and is sent five more penguins instead. He tries everything in his power to be rid of the penguins, but when his children fall in love with them, his tune changes. Throughout the course of the movie, Mr. Popper becomes close to the penguins and learns that the most important thing in life is family. Meanwhile greedy zookeeper and penguin expert Nat Jones (Creator/ClarkGregg) is willing to do whatever it takes to get the penguins into his zoo for wealth even if it means having to break into Mr. Popper's home to steal them, or ruin Mr. Popper's life.
!! Mr. Popper's Penguins contains examples of
* ABoyAndHisX: Mr. Popper and his penguins. An odd variation, considering he's a grown man at the time.
* AmicablyDivorced: Mr. Popper and his ex wife get along great, and even start dating.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: From front to finish, but hey it's a kid's movie. Particularly jarring though is how often the eggs are left unprotected by the birds. And then, [[spoiler: the family trekking through Antarctica at its coldest season in some loose winter coats with no supplies.]]
* TheCatCameBack: Mr. Popper's initial attempts to get rid of the penguin turn out like this.
** When Mr. Popper decides to keep the penguins, he doesn't let anything get in his way.
** He also has the same attitude when it comes to his work.
* DivorceIsTemporary: Mr. Popper begins the movie divorced, but begins to reconnect with his ex-wife during the course of the film.
* InNameOnly: Based on a 1938 children's book of the same name. There are penguins, and a guy named Mr. Popper. The similarities pretty much end there.
* InspirationNod: Mentioning Morgan Freeman's voice. Much of the penguin behavior seems to have been inspired by ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins''.
* JerkAss[=/=]JerkWithTheHeartOfAJerk: Nat Jones; it's clear he only joined the Zoo management [[OnlyInItForTheMoney for the money]] since he does not treat his animals with respect, only for money.; Jones is willing to do whatever it takes to get the penguins into his zoo for wealth even if it means having to break into Mr. Popper's home to steal them, or ruin Mr. Popper's life.
** Jones is even willing to [[spoiler: ship the penguins ''separately''-- ''from their chicks''!]]
* NearlyNormalAnimal: The penguins.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Mentioned during the end credits that the penguins were not harmed, although Jim Carrey had not been so lucky (as shown in the theatrical poster above).
* PetBabyWildAnimal: Many times during the film, Mr. Popper is told that he can't raise the penguins in his apartment, although it's by a zookeeper who wants to trade the penguins off to another zoo. In the end, [[spoiler: Mr. Popper returns the penguins to their natural habitat.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: Mr. Popper's ex wife's boyfriend
* StopHittingYourself: As Jones swings his catchpole, Popper grabs it and pulls it through the bars of the gate and tightens the lasso around Jones' wrists and with the pole, he shoves Nat's hands into his face.
-->'''Popper''': Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? That's not attractive for a zoo official! Huh?!
* TwoTimerDate: Subverted -- Mr. Popper is expected to meet Mrs. Van Gundy at the restaurant, and arranges a date there with his ex-wife the same evening, and says he plans to "kill two birds with one stone". Instead, he gets wrapped up in conversation with the former Mrs. Popper and completely forgets about Van Gundy. It turns out, though, she heard the whole thing and is far from upset about it -- in fact, this is how she knows he cares about more than just success [[spoiler:and that he was the same Tommy Popper she remembered coming to the restaurant as a kid]].
* VerbalTic: [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Pippi has a preference for words prefaced with a P]], concurrently with IAmVeryBritish.
** At the end, she falls for a man named Quint who does the same thing, but the letter Q instead of P.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Mr. Popper's father was always away on trips and has missed several of his birthdays. Mr. Popper seems to have inherited this trait in the way he treats his own kids, judging by the state of his relationship with them at the beginning.
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: Three of the six penguins, all assumed to be boys, lay eggs.