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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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the film was filmed in the UK, many of the actors who play American characters are actually British, such as Ronni Ancona, James McAvoy, Nick Frost and Burn Gorman See more »


The first time we see Max play the piano (badly) he has very short / chewed finger nails. When playing the following day at his home, his nails have grown and are well manicured. 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 »


String of Blinking Lights
Written by Allison Shevernoha, Chris Hiebert, Andy Chase
Performed by Paper Moon
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User Reviews

The most brilliant movie
14 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie is truthful, honest, funny, and amazing. Although I don't believe that there is an Oscar potential for this, I do believe Golden Globe awards for this. Christina Ricci's performance in this was delightful. While I was watching the movie, however, when Reese Witherspoon popped up, I was delighted! Although it wasn't very long, it was pleasing to see her in a very different role from others that she took.

Honestly, I just wanted to comment on this and Reese's funny lines. But the movie should be watched; it's a comedy that can change the world's opinions of what's really beautiful, and that the outside does not matter.

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