Penelope (2006 Movie)

penelope I have to admit, I enjoyed this a LOT more than I thought I would.

Here’s the IMDB Page.  Does anyone actually use that site? Not being a filmhead, I don’t know what movie aficionados actually use. Is it a sellout site like Devilreads is for books? I don’t actually care, it’s just a question that sprang to mind when I was linking.


An old money family was cursed several generations ago that the first born daughter would have the ears and nose of a pig. So they had all boys for quite some time. Then along came Penelope, snout and all. Her mother faked her death and has had her hidden away for years. The curse can only be broken when someone like her (ie, a rich blueblood) accepts her for who she is and marries her. Throughout the years Penelope’s mother has used a discreet matching service to try to find Penelope a husband. All to no avail. Then a journalist, who saw Penelope as a baby and was laughed out of a job, finds a down and out Blueblood who he pays to spy.  Max, the blueblood ends up really liking Penelope but when she reveals herself declines her request for marriage. Penelope runs away into the big bad world, meets Reese Witherspoon on a vespa, has a boat load of adventures and then finds out that Max was actually a janitor and not a blueblood at all. She accepts herself and turns into Christina Ricci and she and Max get together happily ever after.

Mrs B went through about 10 movies that the local library had that she was interested in. This was the only one I was willing to watch. Thankfully, we both enjoyed it. I was expecting a lot more YA drama angst but instead it took the Fairytale route, which while having some of the same things, is completely different in tone. The only whiner was a rich brat who hates Penelope but is trying to marry her for her money.  Thankfully she leaves him at the altar! (bravo!!!)

This was light and fun and cute. I actually ended up watching it twice. Once on my own and then again with Mrs B. She tends to be a talker during movies so I have learned to watch things on my own if I want to get all the little details. The whole thing with Max being a fake the whole time was great and the producer did a great job of deliberately misrepresenting things. In some ways it reminded me of “A Beautiful Mind”, that kind of directorial misdirection.  I couldn’t handle a steady diet of movies like this, but it is really nice to get a bit of a change up.

Now comes the tough part. What do I watch next? I just looked through my collection and have picked out three.These are of the “So bad they are just Bad” variety.  Comic book movies before the MCU really got rolling and kicked the quality up a notch. Let me know what you want, if any. No matter which, it isn’t going to be pretty…




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39 thoughts on “Penelope (2006 Movie)

  1. salonimore1702 says:

    I’m so glad you liked the movie! It’s one of the most wholesome things in the world. And James McAvoy always steals my heart 😉

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  2. I vote on Ghost Rider. I haven’t watched it in yeeeeaaars but I remember being kind of like, “Da fuck?” about it.

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  3. Glad you liked this one! I’m a big fan of IMDB and use it all the time. Not sure if I count as an aficionado, but I do see a lot of movies! My vote is for Fantastic Four.

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  4. I have not heard of Penelope. I dig wholesome. We will definitely be watching this one.

    Since the movies are all equally bad, I guess I’ll go with ‘Ghostie Rider’.

    Have fun.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thanks for the vote Ike. I’d never heard of Penelope either until Mrs B brought it to my attention. I suspect there are a LOT of movies that I don’t even know exist 🙂

      As an aside, do you have an active blog?


      • Yup, there is an endless trove of movies out there. I am actually more of a fan of tracking down rare old movies. My preferred era is 1929-39.

        I do have an active blog!
        If you consider one post every eighteen months active…
        I am actually a rather private person. I actively journal, and have an active, old-fashioned envelope and stamp style pen-pal letter writing correspondence with a friend of mine that is serving time in the big house. I occasionally write guest posts on other blogs. I also communicate with some bloggers privately, rather than openly.

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  5. Happy to hear Penelope was a success! It really is a wholesome, good movie. We need more like it!

    My vote is for the FF. Elektra is awful and Ghost Rider is just blah. FF is bad, but it’s a wholesome kind of bad by comparison to Elektra. It also tends to grow in a viewer after a while, I find. 😉

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  6. I watched both FF and Ghost Rider with my kids. At the time they loved both so they’re happy memories for me. I’m easily pleased!

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  7. savageddt says:

    Milou and I Imdb or ibmd or whatever only if we can not put our fingers on where we know certain actors from. As far as your next movie out of the 3 you picked, I never really saw electra as I only know the woman who plays it used to be in Alias, so saw it as a continuation of that series rather. Fantastic 4 i still prefer over the shitty remake that came out not so long ago, and ghost rider was a kind of oke trip for me first time around. do not watch GR2..

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Jen Garner definitely used her fame from Alias and her appearance in Daredevil to get Elektra going, sadly, it just didn’t happen. It wasn’t a good movie. It was pretty generic 🙂

      So you thought the first FF movie was better than the reboot eh? That doesn’t bode well for the reboot, that’s for sure 🙂

      As for GR2, too late 😀 I watched it when it came out and my goodness, I concur with your statement. I wish I HADN’T watched it!

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      • savageddt says:

        do not waste your time with reboot… At least the guy playing Cap America was also Jhonny in ff. I seriously do not even know why they had to reboot. goes beyond my comprehension.

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I think the reboot happened so that Fox could keep the movie rights from reverting back to Marvel/Disney. It is really messed up how some of the legal things work. Thankfully Marvel is slowly re-acquiring all their licenses, like Spiderman and X-Men, but others still aren’t under the MCU umbrella. I think the FF could be a huge boost to the mcu if they could find the right actor for Mr Fantastic. He’d make a great leader…


  8. Ola G says:

    Oh my goodness, you poor thing, I really don’t envy you your next movie choice… Can’t vote for any of those, sorry! 😉

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  9. I never heard of this movie, and now I’m curious: it sounds like the perfect one to lift one’s spirits on a rainy day…
    And I use IMBD constantly, either to get information on movies, tv series or actors – especially when I can’t remember someone’s name, which happens quite often. Old age and all that jazz… 😀 😀

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  10. I really enjoyed this movie too! I wasn’t expecting much out of it either and I like that it went the fairy tale route 🙂 I haven’t seen Electra, but the other two were enjoyable enough (though not “good” movies- I can’t remember much about either of them to be fair…)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      All 3 movies were “good enough” at the time, due to there simply not being any other good marvel movies. Still hard to believe that things really took off with Iron Man…


  11. bkfrgr says:

    Oh, I wasn’t expecting to want to see Penelope after I’d read this, but I do! Darn it, it sounds adorable!
    IMDB – very useful when you’re arguing with your incredibly stubborn father that, no, that isn’t Val Kilmer, and no he wasn’t also in Ghostbusters!!
    Finally, I vote for Electra. I want to read your scathing report and laugh maniacally!! 😀

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  12. Pretty cool that you ended up enjoying this one. Could’ve sworn that you would’ve had rougher things to share about it hahah And boy.. what a selection! I’d vote for all of them if I could. But I’d go with Elektra first. 😀

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  13. […] Penelope was a big surprise in that I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought based on the fairytale’ish premise.  For April I have to go count the votes to see which of the bad pre-mcu superhero movies I have to fall on my sword for. […]


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