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Penelope [DVD] [2007]

Christina Ricci , James McAvoy , Mark Palansky    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage
  • Directors: Mark Palansky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013VUS70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Fantasy adventure starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy and Reese Witherspoon. The tale of a young woman overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to win her Prince Charming has long been a staple of fairy tales but here, the classic tale is given a contemporary spin. What if, for instance, the rich and handsome Prince Charming actually turned out to be a total cad, and true love for the heroine rested in the hands of an initially duplicitous card shark? And what if, more importantly, the story was less about a young woman finding true love and more about her learning to love and value herself?

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It a fairy tale but a lovely one 25 May 2008
Let's face it, this is a fairy tale and if you don't like such things then you won't like this movie, but, on the other hand if you do love a good classic bedtime story where a young girl is cursed, her family is looking for the perfect prince that will save her, love is, as usual, playing games, disguised in a charming man that is not a prince, while the prince is really a pig and the pig-girl is just lovely (even with the nose she looks lovely, she is not disgusting in any part of the movie), and the curse is in fact nothing more than our fear of not being accepted for our physical characteristics.
So, it is quite a simple story, yes, but nowadays, when 15-years old girls are asking their moms for nose jobs, I think it is not so bad to have a movie about loving oneself and accepting that pig-girl or not, you don't need anyone else but yourself to be happy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Penelope" is the story of a high society girl, born with a pig's snout due to a curse. She is kept isolated by her excentric mother, who desperately tries to break the curse by finding a blue blood suitor for Penelope. This isn't easy, every man runs away after seeing Penelope's snout, until Max that is. Penelope and Max hit it off, but Max will not marry Penelope. After this rejection, Penelope breaks free into the world and goes exploring - and much follows...

"Penelope" is a sweet, little fairy tale about accepting yourself despite your pig's snout. The movie feature excellent actors and magnificant performances from all of them. The dialogue is rich and humorous. All in all, "Penelope" is the kind of movie that makes you sigh and smile and the kind of movie that will remain on my dvd-shelf for a long time and be watched again and again.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An older fairy tale than you might think 19 Nov 2008
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The tale of 'Penelope' is an interesting modern twist on fairy story romances... with an emphasis on 'noses' rather than 'tails', as the title character (the first-born female in her bloodline since an ancestor betrayed a witch's kin) is the luckless recipient of a generations-old curse: and has the snout of a pig in place of a nose. To break the curse upon herself, Penelope must find and marry a blue-blood. But, much to her parents' consternation, Penelope - who, because of her deformity, has been hidden away from the world for her whole life - is more interested in forming friendships than she is in breaking the curse.
When a con-man turned suitor (McAvoy in dishevelled splendour) breaks her heart, Penelope sets out to discover the world for herself.

This is a charming film, with endearing performances from Christina Ricci, James McAvoy and Reese Witherspoon (as Penelope's friend in exile). However, although it is pitched as a fairy tale story and has a PG rating (and certainly doesn't merit anything more in regards to content), 'Penelope' is not ideal for the 6-10 year old audience I bought it for after seeing it advertised. I thought the film, though slow-moving and at times quite sophisticated (e.g. in some scenes 'Penelope' is shown implicitly getting rapidly drunk in a bar... using a straw under her face-concealing scarf) was enjoyable, but aimed more at over 10's/teenagers than younger kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All star romantic comedy 16 Jun 2008
This is a really lovely story - it's a bit of a fairy tale but is really bought to life by the all-star cast in this movie. Excellent lead-role by Chritina Ricci, and not what you'd normally expect from Reese Witherspoon either! Some sad parts, but mostly very funny and very moving - I dont want to give the story away as this one is definitely worth the watch, but there's some good little twists in here and the breaking of the curse comes in one of the most unexpected places so that once you've seen it you'll be thinking "why didnt I think of that" - very clever. I'll definitely watch again and perhaps even buy this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family film 4 May 2013
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A really good family film. I don't remember it being on at the cinema but bought it based on reviews. Its a great film with some important messages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely 11 Jan 2014
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The kids loved it and to be honest I thought it was quite funny to. A real good family film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was absolutely brilliantly 4 Nov 2013
By Muna
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I had watched this movie previously a few years so when I came across it on amazon I just had to buy it. It was well worth it. I was spellbound by this unusual tale. It's kind of like beauty and the beast with the roles swapped round. I was held in suspense the entire time and I couldn't leave my sofa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good family fun 16 July 2013
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Penelope is a family film about a young girl (Christina ricci) who has the miss fortune of being cursed with a pig nose and the only way to break the curse is to find a man to love her the way she is (or so she thinks) its good mindless fun, good acting and some funny moments
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE!!!!
This film is great for all the family. it makes you realise that not everything is about looks and it is your personality that matters. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
really stupid- so unrealistic and not fairytale like at all
Published 22 days ago by annonymouse
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Published 1 month ago by brigadoon
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great film to watch with the family on a rainy day, I found it to be funny and have a happy ending
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars what an awesome movie
this great film starring a great cast, well written and well played out, especially by Miss Ricci as the lead role of Penelope
Published 5 months ago by David Adamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
It took me years to actually watch it as I really didn't know what it was like and was scared to waste my time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family film with an important message
This is basically a modern day fairy tale. It has an amazing cast, and Christina Ricci is perfect as Penelope. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked this film. It is well acted, by all. Excellent film sets and amazing makeovers.
As usual no film jargon. Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. J. Chippendale
5.0 out of 5 stars nice fairy tale story...
this is the sort of film you watch when you just want to relax and enter into a make believe world. it's funny and romatic worth a watch on a sunday afternoon. :) enjoy!!!
Published 18 months ago by M. Mir
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