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PENELOPE

Born with a snout for a nose, young Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci) spends life a virtual prisoner in her family`s estate. Believing that the only way to break the curse is to marry "one of her own kind", she meets a number of suitors arranged by her paranoid mother, but all reject her. Two devious men, one with a grudge against the family, hire a man (James McAvoy) to pose as a suitor. However, complications arise when he begins to fall in love with Penelope. As she makes a bid for freedom, she realises the most important life lesson.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 19 Jun 2008
Genre: Fantasy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon
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Watch this if you liked: “Babe”, “Beauty And The Beast”, “The Notebook”

"I like myself the way I am!" - Penelope Wilhern

Despite the pig's snout, the seemingly horrendous Penelope has impressed me instead. The subject delves on the life of a young girl, Penelope Wilhern (played by Christina Ricci) who was born with a snout for a nose. She believes that the only way to break the spell is by marrying from her own kind. In her mission to find the right one, she faces rejections from a number of suitors who are shocked and disgusted by her looks. Enter loser Max (James McAvoy) into the picture and everything's changed.

The story may sound more like a romance tale and rather kiddie-like yet the beauty of the tale presents an enchanting 90-minute journey. The performances of the casts are credible and undeniably impressive. I am fascinated by Ricci's performance as the titular character "Penelope". Her doll-like features carried her character as the young aristocratic heiress nicely. Brit chap James McAvoy, donning an American accent, was also impressive as the miserable Max. His scruffy and haggard looks fit the role well. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon who is also the producer, shines as the companion of our snout-bearing girl. Of all the cast, I think Catherine O'Hara deserves the scene-stealer award. Her loud and annoying motherly character is truly entertaining!

Penelope's prosthetic nose looks perfect indeed. There were several scenes where the audience can see Penelope's face from a close range yet you won't doubt the snout because it looks real - a pig's snout! Two-thumbs up to the prosthetics specialist Scott Stoddard who is responsible for the entire design. Other fascinating items in the movie include the wardrobe. It's classy and suits the theme of the movie. Ricci looks gorgeous as she dons the wedding dress... enchanting and suits her perfectly.

Overall, the director, Mark Palansky has done a good job to ensure the acting runs parallel to the plot. A cast with great performances and a sweet story that is suitable for children and adults alike. It's a perfect weekend matinee treat for all.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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