Beastly

Beastly
Beastly
  • PG-13
  • 1h 26m
  • 2010
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A curse transforms a handsome and arrogant young man into everything he detests in this contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Wealthy Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has everything a teenager could want in life, but he still gets off on humiliating the weaker and less attractive. When Kyle invites his misfit classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) to an environmental rally at their school, she questions his motivations but reluctantly accepts. Later, Kyle blows Kendra off, prompting the spurned goth girl to cast a dark spell on the swaggering egotist. The spell causes Kyle to transform into an unsightly creature that strikes fear into the heart of everyone he meets, and the only way to reverse it is for him to find someone who can love him for who he is on the inside. Subsequently sent by his repulsed father to live in Brooklyn, Kyle forges a tenuous friendship with his kindly housekeeper (Lisa Gay Hamilton) and his blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). When Kyle witnesses a drug addict in a desperate struggle with a menacing dealer, he intervenes, promising to protect the addict under the condition that his beautiful daughter, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), comes to live with the unsightly recluse in his sprawling Brooklyn home. Over time, the two forge a relationship that grows much deeper than anything Kyle has ever experienced before.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten20%
Critics Consensus: Fundamentally misguided, poorly written, and badly acted, Beastly adds little to the legacy of its timeless source material.
Reviews
Time Out
Rotten

'Beastly' is a special brand of hogwash: a fairy tale that preaches inner beauty while refusing to...

June 22, 2017
Newsday
Rafer Guzman
Fresh

Beneath it all, however, is a movie with a good heart.

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Adam Markovitz
Rotten

Stunningly bad.

June 22, 2017
Boxoffice Magazine
Amy Nicholson
Fresh

Teens convinced that a pimple will kill their social life will find Beastly bracingly honest. It's...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Lackluster romance is heavy on lessons about superficiality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story (which is based on the novel by Alex Flinn) is aimed squarely at teens who love all things Twilight. But those drawn to the movie by its stars (High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens and "it" boy Alex Pettyfer) and basic romantic supernatural storyline might be disappointed by what ends up feeling more like a toothless high school popularity contest movie. Plus, unlike Twilight, this film has some strong language (including "s--t") and underage drinking, as well as kissing, sexual innuendo, and plenty of label-dropping. Witchcraft plays a role in the plot.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Fantasy
  • Release Date:July 29, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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