|Starring:||Catherine O'Hara, Nick Fros, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, Nick Frost|
|Genres:||Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Run time:||1 hour 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 May 2008|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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superb................By williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 28 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is superb. my daughters loved it. Generations ago, a witch placed a curse on the Wilhern family that would result in the next girl being born into the clan having a Pig snout -- and now young Penelope (played by Christina Ricci) has fallen victim to the vengeful hag's unsightly grudge.
When newspaper reporter Lemon (played by Peter Dinklage) runs a misleadingly frightening photograph of the kind-hearted Penelope, her parents, Jessica (played by Catherine O'Hara) and Franklin (played by Richard E. Grant), lock the girl away in a sprawling mansion.
Though it is said that the curse can be lifted if a man of Penelope's status takes her hand in marriage, every man who lays eyes on the girl takes flight at first sight, never to return -- until the arrival of Max (played by James McAvoy), that is.
An unrepentant gambler with a heavy heart and an ulterior motive for meeting Penelope, Max is unexpectedly caught off guard by the pig-nosed girl's disarming charm, and suddenly flees before having carried out his plan.
Now determined to throw caution to the wind, and explore the world on her own terms, Penelope makes the acquaintance of independent-minded delivery girl Annie (played by Reese Witherspoon), who quickly agrees to join her newfound friend on the ultimate journey of self-discovery.
well worth renting out.
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Cute filmBy Woolfie81 (9 reviews) , 10 Oct 2011Cute film with a good moral to the story. Christina Ricci is very good and very believable. Something you can watch agai .
Good start, then flaggedBy Milkybar (18 reviews) from ULverston , 06 Sep 2011Truly excellent for the most part, but marred eventually by a quite unneeded procession of celebrity stars who added exactly nothing worthwhile to the film. In fact, the appearance of Russell Brand actually impoverished an otherwise excellent film, because he cannot act to save his life. His brief, tailor's dummy performance is so bad I tend to remember this rather than the witty, entertaining quirks of the majority of the film.
Very good family filmBy a customer , 31 Aug 2011Very good movie with an excellent performance by Christina Ricci. So good that I have bought a copy to have for future viewing.
English or American!?By LaurenC93 (27 reviews) from Stockport , 14 Jul 2011This was a great family film, a bit cheesy in places, however it was lovely and heart-warming, and definitely contains a few good laughs!
It can seem a bit stupid in places, but it is mainly a film which the kids will love!
However, couldn't decide whether the film was set in England or America as half the actors spoke with an English accent and then the rest spoke in an American accent, which did put me off a bit as it made the film even more unbelievable, and just made it confusing.
This aside, there were plenty of great actors(James McAvoy) and actress's, including Reese Witherspoon, and it was a lovely story with a happy ending.
Kids will love it.
Terribly disappointing - a waste of a decent plot and castBy NickandorKazz (35 reviews) from UK , 03 Jul 2011I expected and wanted to enjoy this, especially considering the cast. The humour and plot were far too obvious and predictable and it could've been saved with some over-the-top production and interesting sets, but even that was pretty boring.
It was a real non-starter. I learnt nothing more about the plot and characters from watching the film than from reading the film description. It felt more like a short story that they just tried to fill out for a film, but without putting anything else in there.
Who is this film for? It's not good enough for adults with over-active imaginations and I can't even imagine it capturing the imaginations of children.
The plot and cast is there, but they just weren't used at all. It could've been so much more and it's very frustrating to see such talent going to waste. They should've got Tim Burton to do it.