Reese Witherspoon and Christina Ricci are two of my favorite actresses, so when I heard that they teamed together for the upcoming feel-good comedy Penelope, I immediately put the movie down on my “To See at the Theater” list.
Penelope is being billed as a modern-day take on the fairy tale notion of true love. Ricci stars as the titular character, a wealthy heiress whose life is made unbearably lonely because of a family curse that gave her the nose of a pig. This curse, known as the Wilhern Spell, can only be broken if Penelope finds true, lasting love with “one of her own kind.”
The trouble is, most suitors, even those looking only to score a piece of the inheritance, take one look at Penelope and run for their lives — until Max (played by James McAvoy) enters the picture. Max and Penelope seem to have a real connection, but when Max suddenly disappears because of secrets of his own, Penelope must face another crushing rejection.
Penelope then decides that she’s had enough of her sheltered life hidden away on the family estate, so she ventures out in the world. There she meets her first friend Annie (Witherspoon), and embarks on an unforgettable journey to discover who she really is.
I think this sounds like a fantastic movie, so I’m already counting down the days until its nationwide release on February 29. Be sure to check back here after that date to read my full review of the film.
In the meantime, here’s the extended trailer from the official Penelope MySpace page so you can judge for yourself. Check out the website, and go see the movie on Feb.29!