Tom Popper (Carrey) is a New York property shark with a failed marriage and a strained relationship with his kids.
Popper's own father was an explorer, usually absent while Tom was growing up. That could be reason for Tom's emotional disengagement, but his father certainly is the reason Tom ends up receiving a crate of six gentoo penguins - a bequest from the old man's deathbed.
Manhattan isn't the obvious place in which to care for the birds, but not only does Popper quickly bond with his charges, his adventures with them also act as a springboard for possible reconciliation with his family - as well as ample opportunity for Carrey to ply his trademarked rubber-faced, flexed-limbed comedic turn.
The penguins are real ones, their antics only enhanced rather than generated by CGI. And the only dark cloud on his horizon is the zoo's Nat Jones (Clark Gregg), who believes the creatures would be better off with him than in Popper's apartment.
Also starring Ophelia Lovibond as Popper's assistant Pippi.
(2011) Cert: PG