Thoughts on Penelope

Monday, August 30, 2010 11:50 AM By Simon

-A girl (Christina Ricci), thanks to a generations-old family curse, is born with a pig snout and ears. Put into isolation for 20-something years, with her family sending her a constant barrage of suitors (hoping to break the curse), who all go running when they finally see her, she grows weary of the constant rejection and loneliness. And then comes Johnny (James McAvoy), a plant by Lemon (Peter Dinklage), a reporter who lose his eye in a quest to get a picture of Penelope when she was a baby, who...yeah.

-Why are people so horrified by Penelope, anyway? You can't see the years from under her hair, and the nose cannot take away from the fact that she's Christina fucking Ricci. If I saw her in the street, I wouldn't give a shit, because it's so fucking inconsequential. This is, like, the definition of Hollywood Homely.

-Richard E. Grant plays the kindly Dad. He is also awesome. As a general rule. And here.

-A cute, not really funny, but pleasant movie.


Fitz said...

That last sentence in your first paragraph...yeah that kind of a summary makes me wonder who in the hell decided this was a good film for children?

August 30, 2010 at 1:22 PM
Simon said...

Someone with a healthy sense of humor and a bad publicist.

August 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM
Alex said...

I think this movie is super cute! The fact that the suitors are all scared away by the un-horrifying Penelope is part of the joke, I think, and part of the fairy tale reference this whole movie is, since everything is simplified and then exaggerated in fairy tales.

August 30, 2010 at 6:35 PM
Robert said...

I just watched this today! Catherine O'HARAAAAA. But um, yeah, I was like, she still looks pretty good, no need to run away. Hahaha. You're right though, it was cute. :)

August 30, 2010 at 6:52 PM
Red said...

While this certainly isn't a bad film, I was definitely let down by how unfunny it was.

August 31, 2010 at 1:48 AM