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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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Mark Palansky

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Leslie Caveny
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Franklin Wilhern
Catherine O'Hara ... Jessica Wilhern
Nick Prideaux Nick Prideaux ... Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
Michael Feast ... Jake / Witch
Christina Ricci ... Penelope Wilhern
Ronni Ancona ... Wanda
Simon Woods ... Edward Vanderman
Paul Herbert ... Leonard Wilhern
Simon Chandler ... Doctor
Peter Dinklage ... Lemon
Andi-Marie Townsend Andi-Marie Townsend ... Young Penelope
John Voce John Voce ... Station Cop
Burn Gorman ... Larry
Andrew Bailey Andrew Bailey ... Floorman in Card Club
James McAvoy ... Johnny / Max
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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

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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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пенелопа See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christina Ricci did not have to audition for her role. She was approached by Producer Reese Witherspoon. See more »

Goofs

Penelope's lipstick changes in between where she walks into Max/John's apartment and when she comes out of his bathroom. See more »

Quotes

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

About 20 minutes were cut from the film for its US release, and some other minor edits were made, mostly to eliminate some mild usage of profanity. This was most likely done to secure a PG rating. See more »


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On My Mind
Written by J L Romero
Performed by The Sunday Drivers
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There are not enough "Penelope"s in the world
10 July 2010 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Penelope" opens with Christina Ricci narrating the story to us of how she, Penelope, was born with a curse - a pig nose. The film may seem childish and too fairy tale-like but Ricci speaks with such a soft pleasing manner that she reminds us of the best kindergarten teachers reading to us so we relax and settle in and comfortably enjoy the film.

Then we meet Penelope's mother (Catherine O'Hara) she is everything that Penelope is not: high-strung, over-bearing, intolerant. Of course she's just being a protective mother but she's painted in such a light so the audience can relate more and laugh with Penelope. Most of the supporting characters are cliché but they are done over the top so they are actually funny. At this point I should make a caveat, I am a James McAvoy votary. Such that I would be glowing about his role and performance no matter what, so I will be conspicuously quiet on McAvoy to not over-colour this review.

Listed as a modern-day fairy tale for the entire family, I actually found the movie much more slanted towards young adults (a few jokes would go over kids' heads). This would probably explain the casting of twenty-something and 30-year-old popular actors. I, for one, am glad that they made a film for me with no violence, vulgarity, action or effects and instead filled it with light-hearted, romantic, feel-good messages about loving yourself. And they somehow did that with out being saccharine or sappy.


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