Playful Fairy Tale for Families
Release Date: February 29, 2008
Starring: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy,
Catherine O’Hara, Richard E.
Grant, Reese Witherspoon,
Peter Dinklage, and Simon
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Director: Mark Palansky
Executive Producer: Dylan Russell
Producer: Scott Steindorff, Reese
Witherspoon and Jennifer
Writer: Leslie Caveny
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For years, her mother keeps her hidden away, even faking Penelope’s own death to keep the press and a curious public away. When Penelope comes of age, her mother secretly tries to find an upper class suitor to break the curse, but all the suitors run away in disgust, especially young Edward Vanderman.
An eager tabloid reporter named Lemon finds out from Edward that Penelope is still alive. Lemon wants a photo of the mysterious Penelope, and Edward wants to prove his claim of what he saw. They hire a young man named Max to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. Max finds himself falling for Penelope, even after he sees what her nose looks like. Max can’t bring himself to take the photo, so he runs away, not wanting to hurt Penelope.
Penelope finds out anyway about Max’s betrayal. Hurt and disgusted, she escapes from her domineering but well-intentioned mother and ventures out into the world, but hiding her nose with a thick scarf. Finally out in the world, Penelope finds adventure and her first friend, a tough beautiful blonde named Annie. For the first time, Penelope is able to face her fears and become the person she was meant to be.
PENELOPE is a playful, funny, droll, and eccentric fairy tale. The cast does a good job. Rated PG, its positive qualities are marred by some foul language, Romantic elements and some lackluster scenes and jokes. Also, the mean old witch in the beginning makes a comical reappearance, where she puts a temporary spell on Penelope’s mother, to stop her from talking for a while, to everyone’s relief. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
PENELOPE is playful, funny, droll, and eccentric. The cast does a good job. Rated PG, its positive qualities are marred by some foul language, Romantic elements and some lackluster scenes. Also, the mean old witch in the beginning makes a comical reappearance, where she puts a temporary spell on Penelope’s mother, to stop her from talking for a while, to everyone’s relief. Thus, the movie’s worldview is somewhat mixed.