February 29th, 2008



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A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will love her faithfully."

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.9/10 (23,719 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Mark Palansky

Stars: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon

In this modern day romantic tale, Penelope is about a young girl's inspiring journey, a mysterious family secret and the power of love. With all odds against her, in order for Penelope to break the family curse, she must find true love with "one of her own kind" and realize the most important life lesson, "I like myself the way I am." Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family's estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parent's futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry; until her curse is revealed. Lemon, a mischievous and eager tabloid reporter wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. The handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope...

Richard E. Grant - Franklin Wilhern
Catherine O'Hara - Jessica Wilhern
Nick Prideaux - Penelope's Great Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
Michael Feast - Jake / Witch
Christina Ricci - Penelope Wilhern
Ronni Ancona - Wanda
Simon Woods - Edward Vanderman
Paul Herbert - Leonard Wilhern
Simon Chandler - Doctor
Peter Dinklage - Lemon
Andi-Marie Townsend - Young Penelope
John Voce - Station Cop
Burn Gorman - Larry
Andrew Bailey - Floorman in Card Club
James McAvoy - Johnny / Max

Taglines: Sometimes true love is right under your nose.


Official Website: Official site [Germany] | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 29 February 2008

Filming Locations: Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: RUR 13,110,736 (Russia) (5 August 2007) (227 Screens)

Gross: $10,011,274 (USA) (1 June 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Thailand: (DVD)

Did You Know?

When "Max" first enters the Wilhern house to take a picture of Penelope he browses the bookshelves of the meeting room and takes down a novel which he identifies as a "first edition." The book that Max grabs, and which Penelope subsequently refers to as her favorite, is not a real book. The author is referred to as George Rockham, and the title of 'The Dreamer' is visible on the book itself, but both the author and novel are original creations for the film.

Continuity: The first time we see Max play the piano (badly) he has very short / chewed finger nails. When playing the following day at his home, his nails have grown and are well manicured.

[first lines]
Penelope: My parents were born into the good life. Old money, blue blooded, society sweethearts.

User Review

Beauty and the Beast turned on its Nose

Rating: 10/10

Loved! Loved! Loved this Movie! One of the last movies I caught at the Toronto Film Festival....and by far my FAVORITE!!!!! Penelope is an original and uplifting story that reminds us of life's most fundamental truth -- that our beliefs lock us into a particular reality. It is packed full of excitement, surprises, laughs, heartfelt pangs and soaring joy. Christina Ricci is radiant as Penelope and in the face of daunting circumstances she inspires us to not only persevere but to dare to break free. It is a treat to see Reese Witherspoon portraying an edgier gal than norm and James McAvoy is a heartthrob! Oh, and the performance of Simon Woods is absolutely delightful and unforgettable! This movie is important, but I would give away the ending if I told you why!!


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