June 20, 2011
Cute family movie
A'salaamu alaikum ya'll. I think I mentioned my friend Lisa is here right now for a long visit (yay!) and we decided to take the kids to see a movie. We ended up choosing "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and it was really cute.
There were a couple of iffy scenes in it but nothing over the top even by more modest standards. The humor was mostly clean, a couple of penguin bathroom jokes but hey, kids love poo! I enjoyed it myself; there were a lot of pop culture references so they parents could get a chuckle too.
Really the only down-side (besides the exhorbitant cost: $60 for 5 people, 2 drinks and 1 popcorn) was the fact that really it's geared for older kids. Aaminah enjoyed the penguins but a lot of this movie was follow the dialogue kinda thing which made it less appropriate for children under 5 in my opinion.
Aaminah had great behavior masha'Allah but her attention lagged a few times. All I can say is alhamdulillah for the huge bucket of popcorn. :-D
In terms of good, clean family fun, I would give this an A but beware for those under 5. Also I loved Mr. Popper's assistant Poppy's love of alliteration caused me more than a few giggles and smiles. What can I say? I'm a sucker for that sorta sound! ;-)
Oh my other recommendation: just wait til it comes to your local redbox or netflix. It's not one of those movies that demand to be seen on the big screen.
Ma salaama ya'll...