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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, Simon Woods, Ronni Ancona, Nick Frost
Director: Mark Palansky
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006







Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




Born with a snout of a pig, young Penelope Wilhern spends life a virtual prisoner in her home. Believing that the only way to break the curse is to marry one of her own kind, she meets a number of suitors but all reject her. Two devious men, one with a grudge against the family, hire a man to pose as a suitor but complications arise when he begins to fall in love with Penelope and she makes a bid for freedom.


"Penelope" is a modern day fairytale about a young rich girl born with a snout of a pig. As unbelievable as it sound, the only way to break the curse as per what her mother believe, is to marry Penelope off to a man whose status in society and wealth is comparable to her family.

But how on earth would you find a rich offspring who will marry a girl that looks grossly like a pig?

It’s refreshing to see that the filmmakers have given a generic love story with a fantasy twist and slight exaggerated humour bits although I must say the second half of the story pretty much botched the whole experience with a sinful rush ending (which explains the 85 minutes runtime). The cast on the other hand is almost faultless.

Christina Ricci is a natural performer who embraced the character of "Penelope" with genuine enthusiasm that you wonder how you can help lift off the poor girl’s agony. James McAvoy, the current IT boy (from Atonement and Wanted) starred as the love interest that through certain I-shall-not-disclose-here mishap starts to fall in love with Penelope. The weakest link perhaps is there aren’t sufficient scenes between Ricci and McAvoy to spark off the romance factor though it’s entirely no fault of the Brit actor.

The rest of the cast who contributed memorable performances includes Catherine O’ Hara as Penelope’s over-protective mother, Peter Dinklage as a pesky reporter named Lemon and Reese Witherspoon who juggle as executive producer here as well, pops in-and-out as Penelope’s friend.

Despite a relatively low budget, "Penelope" is shot beautifully on location in London with impressive sets and cinematography. If not for the above said rush ending, this could well be an above average rom-com. And next time, you come across anyone with less than desirable looks or features, there’s no need to rush straight to the doors, crash through windows, remember it’s not the looks that count.


This Code 3 disc contains no special features.


The video transfer is respectable while the DVD comes equipped with Dolby Digital 2.0, sufficient to support a dialogue-based movie like "Penelope".



Review by Linus Tee


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