6.8/10
53,611
105 user 122 critic

Penelope (2006)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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."

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
4,271 ( 1,065)

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue
Becoming Jane (2007)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Director: Tom Vaughan
Stars: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

Director: Raja Gosnell
Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Nick Prideaux ...
Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
...
...
...
...
...
...
Doctor
...
Andi-Marie Townsend ...
John Voce ...
Station Cop
...
Andrew Bailey ...
Floorman in Card Club
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Penelopa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

RUR 13,110,736 (Russia) (5 August 2007)

Gross:

$10,011,274 (USA) (1 June 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Dinklage would go on to star with James McAvoy again in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

Connections

References Arthur the King (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Inner Peace
Written and Performed by Nigel Jenkins
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
With Penelope it's great; without Disney its better.
5 February 2008 | by (An English Shire.) – See all my reviews

Fairy tales are wide spread, with witches and curses they have, they are all too familiar with their poor damsel in need of rescue by the Charming Prince. The same can be said for poor Penelope, played by the essence of beauty and intelligence that is Christina Ricci. Famed for her roles as Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family movies, then "Kat" Harvey in Casper and during an Ice Strom she was Wendy Hood, hey, she's even dated a lesbian Monster and been chained up in Black Snake Moan. This, too, is the second in a row movie that consists of her taking a curse, the previous being John Carpenter's light horror werewolf flick Cursed (2005). You name it she has done it, and with perfection. Now all grown up she is playing the titular role of her 2006 movie Penelope.

Filmed in London, and with a high level of English actors too, and cast as an American fairy tale, this is the unlucky story of a witches curse on the first-born daughter of the Blue Blood (aristocrat) family, the Wilhern's. The only way to break said curse is to find her Charming Prince who shall love her for all her worth, pig nose and all. Yep, her curse is to be born with the nose and ears of a pig, poor girl. Kept away from others for all her childhood and youth by her grieving parents, played with relish by Richard E. Grant and the lovely Catherine O'Hara adding a touch of very hyper stressed and neurotic motherly love. Who could ask for more? Well, more is what we get here, more fun, more sad reflection and more diversity from the standard tale of woe. With its witty players from said Grant and O'Hara, we also get the very talented James McAvoy and the nemesis that is Lemon, the evil News Reporter, Peter Dinklage, hot on her tail for revenge. Having done "Lassie" (2005), "Death at a Funeral" (2007) and in the pipeline "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian". Excellent actor.

Funny in parts, and poignant in others, not an epic but not a waste of time either. A story of self believe and how one can learn to love oneself and then be loved in return, in any way, shape or form. Simple I know, but in this case, it works, with all the surrounding American accents sometimes rubbing the wrong way, we can easily dismiss the poor adaptations.

This ugly duckling fable will warm to your hearts and tingle you with delight, with a charming narrative and distinctive feel good factor, and if Disney had gotten their hands on the project, it just might have come across as over sappy, over benevolent and over too soon. And it's a good job they didn't, wasn't it?


39 of 61 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?