'Penelope' is perfect for younger viewers

Penelope (Momentum, €24.99) has a touch of Pinocchio about it.

Penelope (Momentum, €24.99) has a touch of Pinocchio about it.

Christina Ricci plays the title role of a girl cursed with a pig’s snout who lives hidden away in her family’s magical house.

The only way to break the curse is to find true love. After a series of failed attempts, she stumbles upon handsome and luckless Max (James McAvoy) and Anne (Reese Witherspoon) who help her to find inner contentment.

While Penelope has its limitations — the ‘once upon a time’ introduction is a tad limp — it does have a warm feelgood factor, perfect for younger viewers.

It also has a message — that looks aren’t everything. Limited special features.

Children’s

Rating: 3/5

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