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MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS <span>(2011)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 92

Release dates 12/12/2011, 05/08/2011

Ratings Info Contains mild comic threat and flatulence jokes

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Mark Waters

Cast includes Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carroll, Angela Lansbury, James Tupper

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Parental guidance iconPG

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 26/07/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MR POPPER'S PENGUINS is a comedy about a New York salesman whose is left a flock of penguins by his late father. The film was classified 'PG' for mild comic threat and flatulence jokes.

The film includes some comic chase sequences and a threat from a local zoo keeper to take the penguins away. The violence is slapstick in nature, without any sight of injuries. In one scene, Mr Popper uses the zoo keeper's own hands, which are tied up at the time, to gently punch him in the face. The scene is comic in nature. The threat from the zoo keeper extends only to rehousing the penguins, rather than any threat to their welfare. The BBFC's Guidelines at 'PG' state 'Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed, if justified by its context (for example, history, comedy or fantasy)'.

Each penguin has its own trait and one of them suffers from flatulence. This is played for comic effect, with the animal heard to break wind at various points in the film. This is usually disapproved of by the humans in close proximity.

The film also includes two fleeting references to drugs. In one scene, an elderly woman objects to a salesman quoting lyrics from The Beatles' song 'Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds', which is sometimes interpreted as being about the drug LSD. The woman sternly rebukes the salesman saying, "I don't do drugs Mr Popper". The reference is brief and no further detail or explanation is given. The end credit sequence includes a song, 'Ice Ice Baby', which includes the lyric "...running off the dope fiends". This passing reference, in the context of song lyrics, is unlikely to be picked up or understood by younger members of the audience. At 'PG' the Guidelines state 'References to illegal drugs or drug misuse must be innocuous or carry a suitable anti-drug message'.

The film also includes a line in which an energetic businessman asks whether his bosses are reborn with "vim, vigour and viagratality". This made-up word is clearly a play on the well-known medication for erectile dysfunction, but the reference is not expanded upon and has no real meaning beyond being a metaphor for 'alive and alert'. The film also features some mild bad language, including 'Oh my God', 'for God's sake', 'freaking' and 'klutz'.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This film was seen for advice in an unfinished version. The company were told that the film was likely to achieve a '12A' classification but that the requested 'PG' could be obtained by removing a use of discriminatory language ('spaz'). When the finished version of the film was submitted for classification, this term had been replaced



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