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Penelope Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale? As Penelope, an aristocratic brat who's the victim of a family curse (and no, it's not...PenelopeSci-fi and Fantasy, Drama, ComedyPT103MPG Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale? As Penelope, an aristocratic brat who's the victim of a family curse (and no, it's not...2008-02-27Peter DinklageCatherine O'HaraReese WitherspoonPeter Dinklage, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon
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Penelope

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama, Comedy; Starring: James McAvoy, Christina Ricci, Peter Dinklage, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon; Director: Mark Palansky; Author: Leslie Caveny; Runtime (in minutes): 103; MPAA Rating: PG

Is there anything more dull than an ineptly cynical fairy tale? As Penelope, an aristocratic brat who’s the victim of a family curse (and no, it’s not the egregious overacting of Catherine O’Hara and Richard E. Grant as her parents), Christina Ricci plays a girl with the nose of a pig. Sadly, the actress is so charmless in Penelope that we can’t look at her and see inner beauty. She’s just a snouted cipher. Escaping the prison of her family mansion, Penelope becomes a tabloid superstar freak in a plot that grinds along with a camp garishness that leaves one not merely bored but disenchanted. F

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