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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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Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
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Leonard Wilhern
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Young Penelope
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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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What makes us different makes us beautiful. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements, some innuendo and language | See all certifications »

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29 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Penelopa  »

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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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Trivia

Christina Ricci did not have to audition for her role. She was approached by 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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References Arthur the King (1985) See more »

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Written and Performed by DeVotchKa
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Fantastic fresh fairy tale for teens and adults
24 March 2007 | by 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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