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Penelope - review - Rebecca Harrington

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GROWING PAINS Penelope explores the life of a Harvard student disappointed by the less-than-ideal realities of college

Penelope

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
103 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/29/08
performer:
James McAvoy, Christina Ricci, Peter Dinklage, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon
director:
Mark Palansky
author:
Leslie Caveny
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

College is supposed to be a defining period of all-night talks, wild parties, and intellectual growth. Penelope, a young woman of average looks and wealth, finds little of those things in her first year at Harvard. Everyone’s too busy talking about how busy they are, pregaming for parties they never go to, and BS’ing papers on Shakespeare. In her debut novel Penelope, Harrington (a 2008 Harvard grad) may skimp on plot, but she presents a sharply observant and hilarious take on the disillusionment of growing up. B+

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