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Rated PG · 89 minutes · 2008

Comedy, Drama, SciFi/Fantasy
More tart than sweet, this contemporary fairy tale provides a worthy vehicle for the fearless Christina Ricci. She plays a wealthy maiden who can be freed from a centuries-old family curse only by marrying a blueblood; her literally porcine face repels all suitors until a tabloid reporter (Peter Dinklage) hires a down-and-out aristocrat (James McAvoy, appealingly raffish) to woo her. Updating Beauty and the Beast, screenwriter Leslie Caveny skewers the media's fascination with the rich, famous, and freakish while delivering a moral about facing one's demons. Mark Palansky directed; with Catherine O'Hara, Richard E. Grant, and Reese Witherspoon (90 min.).
Official Site: www.penelopethemovie.com
Director: Mark Palansky
Writer: Leslie Caveny
Producer: Christian Arnold-Beutel
Cast: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, Simon Woods, Ronni Ancona, Jason Thornton and Russell Brand

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