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Kyle Kingson is 17 and has it all but he also has a vicious cruel side, fueled by his obsession with the 'in crowd' and his contempt for those who don't fit in. He finally targets the wrong person: Goth girl classmate Kendra who seeks revenge in the form of a spell that physically transforms him into someone unrecognizable - and horribly unattractive. The only way to reverse the curse is to find someone who will love him in his new form.
Fantasy Drama Romantic - This is a contemporary take on the classic fairy tale Beauty and
the Beast aimed at females, particularly teens. Although she is
top billed, Vanessa Hudgens is not the main star but Alex Pettyfer.
Some language make the film inappropriate for very young children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Beastly was made with tween girls in mind. It's the kind of love story a viewer can believe in when she is indiscriminating enough to ignore bad acting, bad writing, and mediocre filmmaking.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads,...
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Based on a theater exit polling of 97 moviegoers:
TEENS:LOTS of teen female reviews and nearly all loved "Beastly.' There were only a few male reviews but most loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The female reviews show that two out of three loved it. The other third was mixed with most rating it as average. Three of the four males loved it with the other rating it average.
ADULTS:There aren't very many adult reviews since this movie is targeted at younger moviegoers. Most of the female reviews indicate they enjoyed the movie very much, but only about a third loved it. Another third rated it average to below average. Two of the three males enjoyed it and one was disappointed.
Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked
cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes
in on Goth classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), inviting her to the school's extravagant
environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly
savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything
he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and
learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he
Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle's callous father (Peter Krause) banishes him to Brooklyn with
a sympathetic housekeeper (LisaGay Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). As Kyle
ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in
the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom
and safety for his daughter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyle's Brooklyn