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Penelope (2006)

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A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will accept her as one of their own."

Director:

Mark Palansky

Writer:

Leslie Caveny

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Franklin Wilhern
Catherine O'Hara ... Jessica Wilhern
Nick Prideaux Nick Prideaux ... Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
Michael Feast ... Jake / Witch
Christina Ricci ... Penelope Wilhern
Ronni Ancona ... Wanda
Simon Woods ... Edward Vanderman
Paul Herbert ... Leonard Wilhern
Simon Chandler ... Doctor
Peter Dinklage ... Lemon
Andi-Marie Townsend Andi-Marie Townsend ... Young Penelope
John Voce John Voce ... Station Cop
Burn Gorman ... Larry
Andrew Bailey Andrew Bailey ... Floorman in Card Club
James McAvoy ... Johnny / Max
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Storyline

In this modern-day romantic tale, Penelope is about a young girl's inspiring journey, a mysterious family secret, and the power of love. With all odds against her, in order for Penelope to break the family curse, she must find true love with "one of her own kind". Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family's estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parents' futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry; until her curse is revealed. Lemon, a mischievous and eager tabloid reporter, wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. The handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but cannot bring himself to give her what she wants. Fed up by this latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks ... Written by Summit Entertainment

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Taglines:

She's been hiding all her life. Now she'll show the world just who she really is. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some innuendo and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penelope See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,802,144, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$10,011,996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,156,270
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First cinematic film of Russell Brand. See more »

Goofs

In the 1980s prologue with Jessica and Franklin Wilhern rushing to the hospital over the birth of Penelope, present-day vehicles are visible in one driving shot. The curved tops are a clear indicator. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Penelope: My parents were born into the good life. Old money, blue blooded, society sweethearts.
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Alternate Versions

About 20 minutes were cut from the film for its US release, and some other minor edits were made, mostly to eliminate some mild usage of profanity. This was most likely done to secure a PG rating. See more »

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References Arthur the King (1985) See more »

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Your Disguise
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User Reviews

 
Charming
5 March 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I didn't know what the heck Penelope was, I only saw the trailer once and it looked very strange, I only saw the poster more than a few times and it again, didn't really catch my interest. But my friends and I decided to check it out and I'm actually glad that I saw it. As silly story that it is and a bit predictable, it's a good movie. Most romantic comedies tick me off because they are so predictable and the it's the same formula each time, Penelope is close to the same formula, but instead adds a fairy tale twist. It has the same moral of the story as most films of having to accept yourself, but Christina Ricci made it more charming and lovable. The cast was perfect and all did a great job, the looked like they had such a good time bringing this story to life.

Penelope seems like the girl that should be living the high life, a wealthy family, part of royalty, but her life isn't perfect. Due to a shallow mistake her ancestor made, a witch cursed a face of a pig onto the next born daughter, that happens to be Penelope who apparently has to marry a man of royal blood to break the curse. But since she's not the prettiest face on the planet, every man runs from her, but Max, a spy sent by a photographer, Max learns that Penelope is a beautiful soul. Penelope runs away though to find her freedom and instead finds herself and how wonderful she truly is.

Penelope is a very cute film, I was very impressed with the story, there were some things I was a little disappointed in, like how they just abandoned some characters for no reason. But I think it's hard to fit it in a short film, still I think it could have been edited better. But Christina Ricci was a great choice for Penelope, even though she's still oddly enough not the ugliest woman I've ever seen with the nose, she did a good job and held her own well. Reese Witherspoon, small role, but she was so charming. I would recommend Penelope, it's a cute film and was a lot of fun to watch.

7/10


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