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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."





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Prideaux ...
Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
Jake / Witch
Leonard Wilhern
Andi-Marie Townsend ...
Young Penelope
John Voce ...
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 (United Kingdom), 3 February 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,802,144, 2 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,011,274, 1 June 2008
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When "Max" first enters the Wilhern house to take a picture of Penelope, he browses the bookshelves of the meeting room and takes down a novel, which he identifies as a "first edition." The book that Max grabs, and which Penelope subsequently refers to as her favorite, is not a real book. The author is referred to as George Rockham, and the title of "The Dreamer" is visible on the book itself, but both the author and novel are original creations for the film. 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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You Fall to Pieces
Written by Ben Ashley, Kyle Mallarky
Performed by The Shore
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A Beautiful Film!
21 June 2007 | by 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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