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Paddington brings a beloved children's character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.



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From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. (c) Weinstein


Hugh Bonneville
as Henry Brown
Sally Hawkins
as Mary Brown
Ben Whishaw
as Paddington Bear
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Bird
Jim Broadbent
as Mr. Gruber
Peter Capaldi
as Mr. Curry
Nicole Kidman
as Millicent
Tim Downie
as Montgomery Clyde
Michael Gambon
as Uncle Pastuzo
Imelda Staunton
as Aunt Lucy
Michael Bond
as Kindly Gentleman
Madeleine Harris
as Judy Brown
Samuel Joslin
as Jonathan Brown
Matt King
as Andre the Thief
James Bachman
as Sixth Geographer
Ancuta Breaban
as Commuter #2
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  • Mar 31, 2019
    I wrote this movie off for a long time. It took me four years to get around to seeing it. When I saw the trailers, I just thought "oh great, more Garfield/Alvin and The Chipmunks bull****". Everything about it's CGI live-action family film hybrid screamed "we've done this before, and it was garbage" to me. It was only after years of insistence that no, this time it's good, that I actually got around to seeing it is, it really is. It doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything, at it's core this is still a fairly standard family film about finding a place to belong, and I really didn't care for the central conflict or the villain. But nothing about it is inherently bad, at worst it's just standard in a movie that is otherwise really good. Literally from the first minute of screen-time as I was settling in I had already started laughing. The movie is just unbearably (no pun intended) funny, and it manages to be funny in a way that is clean and clever. It uses wit and charm to convey it's humor and it works. When it's not funny, it's still extremely charming and just damn likable. Yeah it's a pretty basic story, but damnit all the story works. Sure, I don't think we really needed this villain, but as far as the story of Paddington finding a family and a home goes it's genuinely heartwarming. The best family film I've seen in a very very long time.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2018
    An utter delight. There are a number of great gags, and the "modern world" setting is just fantastical enough that the character doesn't seem out of place.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2017
    Although Paddington was a little before my time I knew about him and kind of remember a cartoon show when I was little so I was never really that botherd about this but the rave reviews came in so I eventually gave it a watch with my 2 young children and it's a really funny family film full of heart, Yes they did turn Paddington into a accident prone slapstick feature but if you're looking for a film that the whole family will enjoy then Paddington is the perfect movie for you.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Lovely and perfectly animated adventure movie for kids. They will easily fall in love with the protagonist and the message of tolerance and family values. Sure, the message is not particularly subtle, but the visual ideas, special effects and action scenes make for fine entertainment anyway.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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