Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Romantic comedy

Christina Ricci: 25-year old spinster Penelope Wilhern
Catherine O'Hara: her socialite mother Jessica
Richard E. Grant: her wealthy father Franklyn
Simon Woods: wealthy suitor Edward Vanderman Jr.
Peter Dinklage: midget journalist Lemon
James McAvoy: poker-player Max
Reese Witherspoon: motorcycle messenger Annie

The target audience is clearly teenage girls who might be having a problem with their own body image and identity. Based on the reaction of several 15-year-old girls in the audience, who giggled and made other audible sounds, they’ve hit the mark. For the rest of us any movie that that opens with the caption "Once upon a time…" immediately sets the scene and the final outcome is no longer in doubt.

Along the way there are a few chuckles but only one real “laffer” uttered by Annie when in the bar.

for thematic elements, some innuendo and language.

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