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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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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?


Peter Dinklage would go onto to star with James McAvoy in X-Men: Days of Future Past. See more »


When Penelope comes out of the bathroom in Johnny's apartment, the handle on the outside of the bathroom door does not move, which it should when she turns the handle on the other side of the door. 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 »


Walking in Paris
Written and Performed by Nigel Jenkins
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User Reviews

A Beautiful Film!
21 June 2007 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw "Penelope" at the US premiere at CineVegas last week. It has a very sweet message about self-acceptance that we could all use a little more of these days. I loved the hyper- real, brightly colored, Tim Burtonesque look of the film, it helped to accentuate the fairy tale aspect.

I also thought all of the performances, especially Christina Ricci and Katherine O'Hara, were excellent. Reese Witherspoon as a leather wearing, gum chewing, scooter riding messenger girl seemed a bit miscast, but she was actually good and had one of the funnier lines of the film.

While there's nothing laugh out loud funny, this sweet story makes you smile again and again.

I would recommend this film for audiences of all ages because I don't think you're ever too old for it's message and it doesn't talk down to an adult audience.

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