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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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Daniel Barnz

Writers:

Daniel Barnz (screenplay), Alex Flinn (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Pettyfer ... Kyle
Justin Bradley Justin Bradley ... Student
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Kendra
Dakota Johnson ... Sloan
Erik Knudsen ... Trey
Vanessa Hudgens ... Lindy
Karl Graboshas ... Male Teacher
Peter Krause ... Rob
LisaGay Hamilton ... Zola
Jonathan Dubsky ... Student at Green Party
David Francis David Francis ... Dr. Davis
Neil Patrick Harris ... Will
Rhiannon Moller-Trotter ... Halloween Partygoer
Steve Godin Steve Godin ... Junkie
Gio Perez Gio Perez ... Victor
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Storyline

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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Love is never ugly See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sortilège See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,851,102, 6 March 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,865,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,165,571
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally slated for release in 2010, as advertised by earlier promotional materials. However, it was pushed back several months to avoid competing with Charlie St. Cloud (2010), a movie starring Zac Efron whom Vanessa Hudgens was dating at the time. This move however was thought to have contributed to its poor box office turnout. See more »

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At one point, Kyle says that the lake house has no phone reception. Later, Lindy receives a phone call while at the lake house. See more »

Quotes

Kyle: Can you imagine that love?
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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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Version of Beauty and the Beast (1981) See more »

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Heaven
Written by Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel
Performed by Fire Theft
Courtesy of Rykodisc
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Mediocre, at best.
5 March 2011 | by OtakuMeganSee all my reviews

I wasn't planning on seeing this movie, but after a group of girlfriends convinced me it would be a good chick flick, I caved.

Going into this movie, I haven't read the book, just seen the Disney movie quite a few times. I was expecting this tragic love story, just like the original movie, with plenty of tear-jerking moments, but it just wasn't there, in terms of script and acting.

The plot was rushed, and therefore the audience didn't have enough time to appreciate the story line, even though we all know it like the back of our hands.

Our Beast, Kyle, was more of a brat than a beast, and even after transforming, I was expecting this monster of rage, and he just whined and moaned and was more comedic than anything else.

Lindy, who was our Beauty, really only stood as a placeholder for a gorgeous woman. Vanessa Hudgens is a gorgeous girl, but that's really all she is. Her acting is very flat, with one moment standing out in particular. She's just been told some devastating news over the phone in a conversation that lasts all of 10 seconds. Acting 101: Acting is the reality of doing, she just pretended, and there's no two ways about it. I didn't see a role model to young girls in her, I just saw a pretty face.

However, there were some exceptions, Neil Patrick Harris was impeccable with his comedic timing, and really saved this movie from otherwise getting a 1 star. Mary Kate Olsen also pleasantly surprised me, as she was good at convincing me she was this evil enchantress. However, for her entire time in the movie, she looks like a haute couture model rather than this disgusting ugly creature.

Overall, it's not terrible, just not that good. Neil Patrick Harris is reason enough alone to see this movie, and to get a look into what some consider "21st Century Beauty and the Beast."


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