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Beastly (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 4 March 2011 (USA)
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A modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

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Junkie
Gio Perez ...
Victor

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At the Buckeston Academy High School, the wealthy, arrogant, narcissistic, and bigoted Kyle Kingson is a student who does not respect his classmates. When Kyle is elected representative of the students, he plays a prank on the outcast Kendra, who has a reputation as a witch: he invites her to a party and humiliates her in front of their classmates. However, Kendra curses him with a spell that makes Kyle as ugly as his soul. Further, she tells him that if he does not find anyone who loves him within a year, he will be doomed to that appearance forever. When Kyle's father, Rob Kingson, sees him, he takes Kyle to specialists but the doctors do not know what to do, so Rob hides Kyle in an apartment with a maid and a blind tutor. When Kyle sees his mate Lindy on the streets, he saves her from a dangerous drug dealer and he brings her to his apartment to protect her. Now his only hope is that Lindy will fall in love with him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language including crude comments, brief violence and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,851,102 (USA) (4 March 2011)

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$27,854,896 (USA) (13 May 2011)
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Mary-Kate Olsen plays a witch in the film who performs sorcery. Olsen's younger sister Elizabeth Olsen would play Scarlet Witch, a telekinetic mutant, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »

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Neil Patrick Harris' character, Will, refers to a 1954 movie "Devil Girl from Mars," saying that it is about an alien that wanted to abduct teenage girls for breeding stock. The actual movie has a female alien abducting men for breeding stock. See more »

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Lindy: What can I say, I'm substance over style.
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The first part of the end credits show photos of Kyle and Lindy in Machu Picchu. See more »

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Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus/The Strokes (2011) See more »

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Written by Ruth Anne Cunningham (as Ruth-Anne Cunningham), Pixie Lott (as Victoria Lott) and Thomas Gad
Performed by Pixie Lott
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited / Interscope Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Big disappointment
7 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I was so looking forward to this movie and was so sad that I was disappointed it wasn't quite up to expectations. I did not read the book but I saw the trailer for this a few months back and Beauty and the Beast had always been my favourite Disney movie. A modern retelling, good-looking leads, gorgeous cinematography and Neil Patrick Harris? Perfect ingredient for a good old romance movie, I'd say.

But I was wrong. The movie even started on the wrong foot, with Alex Pettyfer's dismal acting. Maybe he's been doing so many action movies that putting on the skin of a romantic lead was a little hard. His portrayal of the vain, selfish and mean lead was unconvincing at best. Now, the best part of Beast's transformation was the coming-of-age of the spoiled 'prince' into a rage-filled beast and finally into a selfless man transformed by love. None of that were evident in Kyle Kingson. He was a brat, then a whiny stalker, and finally an emo dude.

Vanessa Hudgens also gave a cringe-worthy performance. She was so flat and void of personality that it was painful to watch. Beside the bad acting, the plot was also a little draggy, lacking in climax and real emotion. You don't feel drawn to the characters, you don't feel convinced by the emotions and you will cringe at the incredibly cheesy lines. In fact, my sister and I kept mumbling 'Don't say it! Don't say it!" throughout the movie because a clichéd one-liner is always around the corner.

The one saving grace was Neil Patrick Harris, but that's only because he brought his 'Barney Stinson' persona into the movie. Though I absolutely adore Barney, it would be nice to see NPH bring something different to the plate.

All in all, I'd say watch this movie if you're looking for style, but don't go looking for substance. There's not much to be had.


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