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Penelope (2006)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  29 February 2008 (USA)
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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 love her faithfully."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Prideaux ...
Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
Andi-Marie Townsend ...
John Voce ...
Station Cop
Andrew Bailey ...
Floorman in Card Club


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" and realize the most important life lesson, "I like myself the way I am." 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, not wanting to disappoint her or to expose his surreptitious ways, he... Written by Summit Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes true love is right under your nose. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Penelopa  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£769,840 (UK) (1 February 2008)


$10,011,274 (USA) (30 May 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Delivered to some theaters under the codename "Scarfy", See more »


Penelope's lipstick changes in between where she walks into Max/John's apartment and when she comes out of his bathroom. See more »


[first lines]
Penelope: My parents were born into the good life. Old money, blue blooded, society sweethearts.
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References Beauty and the Beast (1976) See more »


You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis
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User Reviews

Beauty and the Beast turned on its Nose
18 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Loved! Loved! Loved this Movie! One of the last movies I caught at the Toronto Film Festival....and by far my FAVORITE!!!!! Penelope is an original and uplifting story that reminds us of life's most fundamental truth -- that our beliefs lock us into a particular reality. It is packed full of excitement, surprises, laughs, heartfelt pangs and soaring joy. Christina Ricci is radiant as Penelope and in the face of daunting circumstances she inspires us to not only persevere but to dare to break free. It is a treat to see Reese Witherspoon portraying an edgier gal than norm and James McAvoy is a heartthrob! Oh, and the performance of Simon Woods is absolutely delightful and unforgettable! This movie is important, but I would give away the ending if I told you why!!

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