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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


A fairytale like no other. 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 newspaper headline reads "Wilhern's in Hiding" whereas it should read "Wilherns" with no apostrophe. See more »


[first lines]
Penelope: My parents were born into the good life. Old money, blue blooded, society sweethearts.
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References Arthur the King (1985) See more »


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Written and Performed by DeVotchKa
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User Reviews

Fantastic fresh fairy tale for teens and adults
24 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie last year at a screening, but it has taken me awhile to submit a comment on here.

I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! It is a wonderful story with a great message that needs to be heard in this modern age.

I assume it will be targeted toward teens, but as a 36 year old, I really enjoyed it. It might be one of Ricci's best performances, as good as Black Snake Moan, but completely different roles. James McAvoy is charming. Catherine Ohara, Reese Witherspoon and Peter Dinklage are nice surprises and always funny when they appear. Overall, very enjoyable. It is somewhat predictable, but it has to have a happy ending.

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