Penelope

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Released 2006

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Director:
Mark Palansky
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG

Penelope is a 2008 comedy that follows a young girl into womanhood as she learns that the most important thing is to find love. In the film, Penelope Wilhem (Christina Ricci) is born a perfect baby, except for one thing - she has the nose and ears of a pig. This deformity is the result of a curse that was placed on her family by a wicked witch five generations ago. Her parents, Jessica (Catherine O'Hara) and Franklin (Richard E. Grant). know that the only way to break the curse is if "one of her own learn to love her". Her parents invite many different men over to the house hoping that one of them will be the right one for her. Edward Humphrey Vanderman III (Simon Woods) visits the home as a possible suitor, but when he sees Penelope he is repulsed and runs away. Edward contacts reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage), and the two of them try to get a photograph of Penelope to publish in the paper. They offer a large amount of money to Johnny Martin (James McAvoy), who visits Penelope under that name "Max". To his dismay, he is actually fond of Penelope and wants to end his deal with Edward. Johnny runs away so the two men cannot find him, but Penelope thinks that he has run away from her. She then takes a journey of her own and she will seek to find the meaning of life, and hopefully the right love to break the family curse forever.

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    There's no real rigor or craft applied to this story -- just mood, tone, neo-gothic imagery and frantic attitude. If only Penelope knew what it truly wished to be and how to go abo...

  • 50

    Variety David Rooney

    The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A hopeless jumble of visual and linguistic styles.

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