Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Christina Ricci stars as Penelope, a lonely heiress who has spent her entire life trying to break a strange family curse that left her with the nose of a pig. When she meets a charming aristocrat (James McAvoy) who seems t... more »
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Daniel A. (Daniel) from EUGENE, OR
Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
I actually enjoyed this much more than I expected, although I acknowledge that it was by no means "great". There were moments when the drama was a bit obvious, but the charm of the stars was enough to carry the movie.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Cherry D. (Cherry67) from NEW CANEY, TX
Reviewed on 9/16/2009...
I watched this for the first time with my 2 daughters and we loved it.
2 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Great movie, but disappointing DVD
H. Vickery | Oakland, CA USA | 08/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I give 5 stars for the movie and 2 for the DVD. The movie is a fun fantasy type with awesome visuals and great acting. But, I was very disappointed in this DVD version. I had seen a foreign copy of the movie and was looking forward to having my own clear copy. But they cut out some really great scenes (one that my husband and I were especially looking forward to) and then they don't even have a deleted scenes section! If we hadn't known what we were missing, I suppose we wouldn't have been so disappointed. The scene with the reporter and the real Max in jail is shorted (missing a hilarious interaction). A really neat story point at the end where Penelope reconciles with Edward is completely cut. The birds flying out of the house when Penelope's mom calls after her are cut out (except in the security cameras) - a neat visual. And the scene with the kids at the end is shortened. Those were the scenes that we particularly remember missing, but I think there must have been some other shortened scenes. What a waste of money, the DVD will be just sitting on the shelf while we watch our low res foreign copy."
Unusual, uplifting and fun
Julie Neal | Sanibel Island, Fla. | 03/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This quirky ugly-duckling fable is ideal to see with your 'tween- or teen-aged daughter. Its message of self-acceptance is obvious but not heavy handed, and worth talking about afterward. A modern-day fairy tale, the movie begins with the traditional line "Once upon a time..." but soon becomes a twisted take on Beauty and the Beast. In this case, it's the princess with the curse that turns her ugly. Can she learn to love herself?
Well of course she can. The journey that pig-nosed heroine Penelope travels is not at all believable, but then again fairy tales rarely are. If you give yourself over to the uplifting moral -- that everyone is lovable and interesting BECAUSE of their differences, not in spite of them -- then this film is a treat. The energetic cinematography aptly depicts both grime and splendor, the costumes are loaded with detail (I especially loved Penelope's coat with mismatched buttons) and though the script drags at times, it has many unexpected twists and turns that keep things entertaining.
Though Christina Ricci does a good job expressing herself behind a snout, the real performance here is that of James McAvoy. Given the task of playing Prince Charming as a washed-up musician with a gambling problem, McAvoy glows with charismatic star power. The shaggy haired, sleepy-eyed actor doesn't look like your typical leading man, but when he is onscreen the movie hums. Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant also click as the wrong-headed parents, and Peter Dinklage is his usual excellent self as a one-eyed reporter."
Christina Ricci has never looked better. Even with the pig
Tracy D. Cooper | 06/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Penelope is a fun little movie even if her suitors are over reacting to her nose and ears. I've always had a soft spot for Ms. Ricci and would marry her even with the pig nose. The rich part would be icing on the cake. The movie is fun and has its amusing and tear jerker moments, so as long as your not looking for deep meaning or some mystical self wakening experience you'll enjoy it."