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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

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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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christina Ricci did not have to audition for her role. She was approached by Reese Witherspoon. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 1 March 2008 (2008) See more »


You Fall to Pieces
Written by Ben Ashley, Kyle Mallarky
Performed by The Shore
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User Reviews

An uplifting tale with something for everyone.
24 February 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this at a preview and really enjoyed this movie. It's a wonderful take on the common theme of accepting who you are, not what you are.

Although aimed at tweens/teens, it has elements which also makes this entertaining for adults. It has great visual appeal, slapstick humor as well as clever writing throughout.

This movie deserves to be successful and it's best promotional vehicle will be word of mouth.

It is well cast and Cristina Ricci, as the main character, is instantly engaging.

A fun movie for all !

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