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Lost Penny (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | June 2015 (USA)
Penny is plunged into an upside-down world in search of a father she's never met, only to discover a dark secret that will change her life forever.


Mann Munoz

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Credited cast:
Rachael Winegar ... Penny (as Rachael McOwen)
Victoria Guthrie ... Mother
Andrew Roth ... Tenshi
Christopher Elliott Christopher Elliott ... Lucien
Stephen Velichko Stephen Velichko ... Gadget
Victoria Murdoch ... Fudge
Melanie Gaydos Melanie Gaydos ... Hostess
Thomas Nelson Thomas Nelson ... Barefoot Man
Kevin Connelly Kevin Connelly ... Shadow Genie
Tia Blake Tia Blake ... Red Dancer
William J. Bruce III William J. Bruce III ... Gang Leader - Mario Kingpin Harris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William G. Hobbs William G. Hobbs ... Pirate
Paul Hoerdt Paul Hoerdt ... Dealer
Hannah Ladwig Hannah Ladwig ... Runaway
Taya Mathias Taya Mathias ... Exclusive 99


Penny is plunged into an upside-down world in search of a father she's never met, only to discover a dark secret that will change her life forever.

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Drama | Family | Fantasy


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June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

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The movie has several "Alice in Wonderland" connections like the 'Open Me' box. Also the book that the Barefoot Man (played by Thomas Nelson) is reading when Penny approaches him with the blue goblet is actually "Alice in Wonderland". See more »

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Smart, Symbolic, Playful
15 September 2016 | by uhpsadaisesSee all my reviews

Bouncing between lighthearted and mysterious, I got a kick out of "Lost Penny" and my brain got a workout. There's lots of symbolism throughout in this good versus evil story line. As boisterous teenager Penny looks for her father, validation and significance, the narratives of friendship, bullying, figuring out who's on your side vs who's not, superstition versus religion play out too. it's something of a counterpart to the coin may never lay claim to.

The title contains an engaging contradiction. If something is worthless (like a penny), not much priority is put on looking for it. So why would one consider a penny to ever be lost? If you had put value onto that particular penny, perhaps. The main character, fun-loving Penny, does get lost while searching for her birth dad. That's a simple enough reason to call it "Lost Penny." There may be a hint toward those scriptural stories of what a shepherd did when even one sheep was missing--spend all night looking for it. Is today's penny similar to a latter day sheep?

With the musicality of an Alice-in-Wonderland lost down a rabbit hole, the opening soundtrack nabbed me. The quirky, fresh-faced main character sets the tone with refreshing close-ups. More chaotic wide scenes play out and also keep you guessing as the choose-your-own-adventure-type mystery unravels.

The aspect of a playful make-your-own-adventure movie with playfulness and character driven, visually stimulating storytelling is something I find reminiscent of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The layered meanings and symbolism of "Lost Penny" lead me to think of The Village.

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