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About Lauren Zabel
Lauren Zabel grew up in Southern California, the daughter of two screenwriters who took her to the Emmys, helped her punch up a class essay or two and even cast her in TV shows. Her Hollywood stardom included a riveting turn as the little Wisconsin girl whose cow Lily was pregnant with an alien hybrid child. She unabashedly will see almost any rom-com with an enthusiasm that is clearly the triumph of hope over experience. But she believes in love and comedy and the idea that one is better served with the other. She is willing to suffer the pain of a bad film so that you won’t have to.

Enchanted (2007) – vs – Penelope (2006)

August 3, 2008 Lauren Zabel 3

You gotta love a good ole’ fashioned fairy tale!

Despite centuries of far-fetched stories involving glass shoes that don’t shatter when you run down a flight of stairs and women who can sleep for a hundred years and not age a day (if only!), audiences still love to be swept off their feet with tales of romance, villainy, and happily ever after.

Today’s fairy tales are a twisted version of these Grimm stories, complete with cynicism, satire, sarcasm, and tongue-in-cheek delivery — like the Shrek films but with real actors. Penelope (2006) and Enchanted (2007) duke it out one fairy-tale stereotype at a time. […]