Penelope

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Time Out says

Tue Jan 29 2008

A prosthetically-altered Christina Ricci stars in this wilfully quirky fairytale set in a present-day city resembling both New York and London. If you thought Cyrano de Bergerac had it bad, meet Ricci’s Penelope: she’s got a veritable pig’s snout for a nose.

Said snout is the result of a family curse that can only be broken when Penelope is accepted by ‘one of her own’. Fearing ridicule, Penelope’s rich parents hide her away and audition aristocratic suitors, all of whom do a runner when they see the prize. Desperate for a picture of the famed beast, reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage) sends in gambler Max (James McAvoy), who’s armed with a secret camera. Max falls for Penelope at the sound of her voice (she’s hidden behind a two-way mirror), but his deception drives Penelope to run away from home.

Ricci and McAvoy work well together, his worldly charm nicely offsetting her cutesy naïveté. There’s solid comedy casting with Catherine O’Hara as Penelope’s paranoid mother, and a likeable turn from producer Reese Witherspoon as biker chick Annie.

A few novelty cameos feel cheap – most notably Russell Brand and Lenny Henry – although Nick Frost and Ronni Ancona are decent enough support. Too many characters compete for attention, however, and the plot is as cluttered as the casting, cramming in messages about celebrity culture, image obsession, self-worth, family ride and racism. The story’s too busy, and the tone too light for many of these ideas to resonate, making ‘Penelope’ an often enjoyable but largely forgettable watch.

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Krindy

I really loved this move, and I hate cutesy movies. This one was just too perfect. The acting, the script, the sets, everything was amazing. I also found the writing quite witty. This film is absolutely charming, and I thoroughly recommend it.

Krindy

I really loved this move, and I hate cutesy movies. This one was just too perfect. The acting, the script, the sets, everything was amazing. I also found the writing quite witty. This film is absolutely charming, and I thoroughly recommend it.

Alice

It was an awesome film I'd watch it again and I only watched it yesterday

Alice

It was an awesome film I'd watch it again and I only watched it yesterday

B.B.

I realy enjoyed this film. I went to watch it with one of my best friends and her mum. Me and gissel even her mum liked it ,it is a great family movie we had a great time together!!!!!!!

B.B.

I realy enjoyed this film. I went to watch it with one of my best friends and her mum. Me and gissel even her mum liked it ,it is a great family movie we had a great time together!!!!!!!

PEN

we went to see this with two 5 year olds as it was rated a U. A couple of swear words and not particularly suitable content for 5 year olds i would definately not reccommend it. bad choice and not sure what audience this was trying to appeal to.

PEN

we went to see this with two 5 year olds as it was rated a U. A couple of swear words and not particularly suitable content for 5 year olds i would definately not reccommend it. bad choice and not sure what audience this was trying to appeal to.

josh trevett

This Film Is Realy Super...Me And My Boyfriend Shared Our First Kiss Watching This Film...I Loved It.....

josh trevett

This Film Is Realy Super...Me And My Boyfriend Shared Our First Kiss Watching This Film...I Loved It.....

Kate

This film was 'mazin!! I Wuld reccomend it too everyone. i saw it wiv my best mates and den we had a sleepover and it makes yu have something to talk about! Brilliant. film.

Kate

This film was 'mazin!! I Wuld reccomend it too everyone. i saw it wiv my best mates and den we had a sleepover and it makes yu have something to talk about! Brilliant. film.

Lucy

What?! I can't believe the time out review! What a load of rubbish. Next time, why don't Time Out employ people to review fims that actually know what they're talking about. Obviously these people don't - I don't agree with the last paragraph at all. I went to see this film and I really enjoyed it, SO POO YOU Time out!

Lucy

What?! I can't believe the time out review! What a load of rubbish. Next time, why don't Time Out employ people to review fims that actually know what they're talking about. Obviously these people don't - I don't agree with the last paragraph at all. I went to see this film and I really enjoyed it, SO POO YOU Time out!