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Penelope (2006)

Christina Ricci , James McAvoy , Mark Palansky  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage
  • Directors: Mark Palansky
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011N1WE8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,604 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Penelope" on IMDb

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Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon. The young heiress Penelope Wilhelm believes she is destined to be alone because she can't break a generations-old curse on her family causing her to have the nose of a pig. But when she meets a charming young aristocrat who sees beyond her physical appearance, she learns that love is really blind. 2006/color/89 min/PG/widescreen.

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but disappointing DVD August 18, 2008
Format:DVD
I give 5 stars for the movie and 2 for the DVD. The movie is a fun fantasy type with awesome visuals and great acting. But, I was very disappointed in this DVD version. I had seen a foreign copy of the movie and was looking forward to having my own clear copy. But they cut out some really great scenes (one that my husband and I were especially looking forward to) and then they don't even have a deleted scenes section! If we hadn't known what we were missing, I suppose we wouldn't have been so disappointed. The scene with the reporter and the real Max in jail is shorted (missing a hilarious interaction). A really neat story point at the end where Penelope reconciles with Edward is completely cut. The birds flying out of the house when Penelope's mom calls after her are cut out (except in the security cameras) - a neat visual. And the scene with the kids at the end is shortened. Those were the scenes that we particularly remember missing, but I think there must have been some other shortened scenes. What a waste of money, the DVD will be just sitting on the shelf while we watch our low res foreign copy.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, uplifting and fun February 29, 2008
This quirky ugly-duckling fable is ideal to see with your 'tween- or teen-aged daughter. Its message of self-acceptance is obvious but not heavy handed, and worth talking about afterward. A modern-day fairy tale, the movie begins with the traditional line "Once upon a time..." but soon becomes a twisted take on Beauty and the Beast. In this case, it's the princess with the curse that turns her ugly. Can she learn to love herself?

Well of course she can. The journey that pig-nosed heroine Penelope travels is not at all believable, but then again fairy tales rarely are. If you give yourself over to the uplifting moral -- that everyone is lovable and interesting BECAUSE of their differences, not in spite of them -- then this film is a treat. The energetic cinematography aptly depicts both grime and splendor, the costumes are loaded with detail (I especially loved Penelope's coat with mismatched buttons) and though the script drags at times, it has many unexpected twists and turns that keep things entertaining.

Though Christina Ricci does a good job expressing herself behind a snout, the real performance here is that of James McAvoy. Given the task of playing Prince Charming as a washed-up musician with a gambling problem, McAvoy glows with charismatic star power. The shaggy haired, sleepy-eyed actor doesn't look like your typical leading man, but when he is onscreen the movie hums. Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant also click as the wrong-headed parents, and Peter Dinklage is his usual excellent self as a one-eyed reporter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Penelope follows her nose June 10, 2011
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Because of Penelope's popularity, pig Latin is banned from schools. Because of Penelope's influence on fashion, sales of scarves skyrocket. Because of Penelope, a young aristrocrat resorts to foul play to rehabilitate his sullied name. And, because of Penelope, maybe next time you'll be more leery of judging a book by its cover.

Once upon a time, Penelope Wilhern's great-great-great-grandfather Ralph had a fling with a lowly servant girl, and no way was this going to end well. The blue blood scion eventually comes to his senses, and the distraught servant girl steps off a cliff. The servant girl's vengeful mother - an honest-to-gosh witch - works a dark enchantment on the Wilhern family, to the effect that the next daughter born to the Wilhern bloodline will be cursed with a pig's snout instead of a human nose. And so we meet Penelope.

Word has it that not until "one of her kind" can learn to love her for herself will the curse be lifted. Penelope's hysterical and ridiculous mom (Catherine O'Hara) is desperate to reverse the spell, not only because she truly does love her daughter, but because it's putting a crimp on her social life. Damn inconvenient when you can't trot out the young heiress because of her unfortunate porcine proboscis.

Penelope has led a sheltered life, what with her parents having faked her death when she was a child to avoid the news media's glare. All her life, Penelope has been restricted to the confines of her home, and, surprisingly, she's grown up pretty even-keeled, sweet-tempered, charming. And then she reaches that age in which she can accept suitors, and her mom goes into hyperdrive and starts lining up these young gents to the manor born. She even hires a matchmaker. To no avail.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little fairy tale October 3, 2007
This is an excellent little fairy tale - filmed largely in London UK about the trials and tribulations of a young girl (Christina Ricci)searching for love and who has to overcome a physical disability - a pig's snout. It is a gentle comedy whose release has been long delayed - it was shown during the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. I look forward to the DVD
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM, BUT LACKLUSTER DVD TAKES IT DOWN A NOTCH! November 9, 2008
Format:DVD
I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale and 'Penelope' is one of the best I've seen in years. Ricci is perfect in the title role and although she has a pig's nose, strangely she remains attractive in this quirky love story! What I loved about this film was the more you get to know her character, the more her bizarre disfigurement just didn't matter. There's a great message here about acceptance and how self esteem can alter the way people perceive you, but unfortunately the DVD is a bit of a bummer. There aren't many extras and there are scenes cut and shortened from the film at least how it was viewed over seas. I didn't see this film in theaters, so I'm not quite sure what exactly has been changes. It would have been nice to offer a 2 disc edition with both versions of the film and more extra material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good
wanted this movie for awhile, its a great movie, didn't skip, everything came out well. couldn't find it at the stores so ordered it online.
Published 7 days ago by cristina
5.0 out of 5 stars love the fairy tale movie
This movie is so sweet and romantic. Definitely will watch it again. Handsome actor and pretty creative story. . .
Published 13 days ago by puppychow
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and imaginative movie!
Penelope is a refreshing and imaginative film that teaches us that we can overcome anything if we accept and love ourselves. Read more
Published 13 days ago by kmcKY
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that the only beauty that matters is on the inside...
The first time I saw this was on Netflix by a sheet whim. The story sounded odd, but mildly interesting. Read more
Published 17 days ago by shardinea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a great movie! Always nice to have movies show us to believe in ourselves and it's something I don't mind showing my daughter.
Published 18 days ago by Daniel R White
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
Love the story line. Cute premise that is executed very well. Nice makeup and special effects. Don't want to say much more or it might be spoilers.
Published 24 days ago by Ledonna McGowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch...
I really love imaginative movies such as this and Harry Potter. This movie is like a modern fairy tale. I love the characters and the casting is perfect. Read more
Published 26 days ago by kimmie 2
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Keeper!
This is the most adorable romance I have ever seen on a TV screen. There is a hint of fairytale in a realistic setting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars charming, but must be willing to play along
You've got to be willing to suspend your disbelief to enjoy this film.

When dozens of seemingly adult males run shrieking in terror from Penelope - all because of a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bippy
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun mother/daughter film
My daughter and I both enjoyed it. The movie was done in colors that pop and was fitting for a young girl.
Published 1 month ago by Mzloesch
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