Penelope

2006

Action / Comedy / Fantasy / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 53% · 129 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73% · 100K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 66594 66.6K

Plot summary

Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents to keep her company. This untraditional fairy tale about a girl who bucks convention to create her own happy ending.


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Christina Ricci as Penelope Wilhern
Catherine O'Hara as Jessica Wilhern
James McAvoy as Johnny / Max
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JoeytheBrit 7 / 10

Better than expected

What a lovely creature Christina Ricci is. Even with a pig's snout stuck to her face, I found her to be completely entrancing. She was certainly the only reason I decided to give this modern-day fairy tale a go and, on the whole, I'm fairly glad that I did. It has its weaknesses, for sure, the main one being that it can't seem to settle on a tone or to decide whether it takes place in Britain, America or some mythical amalgam of the two. The tone certainly could have been darker, even if the film is (probably) primarily aimed at teens considering its story (basically an update of Beauty and the Beast with gender roles reversed).

Ricci does a good job of holding everything together. She looks too cute to send men flying through windows in terror, and seems too well-adjusted for a 25-year-old who has never stepped outside the confines of her palatial home, but I suppose these are minor quibbles. After all, how could we root for a truly hideous princess with social interaction issues? Catherine O'Hara also scores as Penelope's overbearing mother who can't see that she is the barrier preventing her daughter from lifting the curse that has left her with a pig's snout for a nose. Other familiar names are more of a distraction than anything else: hedge-haired Russell Brand appears for one scene, an increasingly chubby Lenny Henry in another few. Producer Reese Witherspoon even makes an appearance late on.

One character I liked a lot was that of Lemon, played by Peter Dinklage. Not only does Dinklage provide probably the strongest performance in the film, thanks to a well-written role, the script wisely refrains from spelling out the similarities between his character and Penelope that lead to his pulling back from the pursuit of her. Anyone with a little insight can understand the reason for the casting; it doesn't need to be spelled out, but how many other films would keep hammering home the point until even the thickest viewer caught on?

Reviewed by napierslogs 9 / 10

There are not enough "Penelope"s in the world

"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.

Reviewed by Prismark10 6 / 10

Pig out

Penelope is a modern fairy tale co-produced by Reese Witherspoon who also has a small role in the movie.

Once upon a time, a doomed love affair with a wealthy heir and a servant girl leads to a curse where the next born daughter would have the nose of a pig. As it happens the rich and privileged family has several generations of sons only before Penelope arrives.

Penelope (Christina Ricci) grew up alone with only the family and butler in attendant as her parents had faked her death. However she is now at an age to get married but all suitable suitors run away once they see her nose.

James McAvoy is Max who has been put up by a journalist to unveil Penelope and her pig nose to the world.

The film is brisk, quirky and charming enough. Ricci and McAvoy provide enough substance in the love story to keep you interested. Catherine O Hara is the pushy mother and watch out for the butler with training shoes who runs after the suitors who flee to keep them quiet.

The story is simple and charming enough. Ultimately Penelope needs to accept herself rather than care what the world thinks about her.

The location shooting took place in the UK but with an American setting so you will see many familiar British actors popping up.

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