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Penelope

4.5 out of 5 stars 531 customer reviews

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Christina Ricci stars as Penelope, a lonely heiress who has spent her entire life trying to break a strange family curse that left her with the nose of a pig. When she meets a charming aristocrat (James McAvoy) who seems to see beyond her physical appearance, Penelope begins to learn that loving herself is more important than breaking the curse. Also starring Reese Witherspoon and Catherine O'Hara, Penelope is a delightful modern-day fairy tale for the entire family.

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  • Actors: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage
  • Directors: Mark Palansky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (531 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011N1WE8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Penelope" on IMDb

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By H. Vickery on 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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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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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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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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