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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

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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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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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It's what's underneath See more »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Lindsay Lohan was offered the role of Kendra, but turned it down. Mary-Kate Olsen was eventually cast for the part. 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 happened to romance? Sappy, soppy longhand love letters.
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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 The Scarlet Flower (1952) See more »

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Written by Benjamin Gibbard (as Benjamin D. Gibbard) and Chris Walla (as Christopher Ryan Walla)
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie
Courtesy of Barsuk Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A Contemporary Teen-Version of The Beauty and the Beast
31 March 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Buckeston Academy High School, the wealthy, arrogant, narcissist and bigot Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is a student that does not respect his classmates. When Kyle is elected representative of the students, he plays a prank with the outcast Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) that has the fame of being 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 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 (Peter Krause) 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 (Vanessa Hudgens) 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 falls in love with him.

"Beastly" is a contemporary teen-version of "The Beauty and the Beast". The ridiculous make-up on Alex Pettyfer is the weakest part of the film. Vanessa Hudgens is not a beautiful actress and is very weak for the lead role. Further, she does not show any chemistry with Alex Pettyfer. The plot is weird and the way that Lindy is forced to move to the Hunter's apartment through blackmail of her father does not convince.

The plot has many flaws but "Beastly" is neither the best nor the worst romance recently released and there are many unfair reviews in IMDb. Despite the flaws, this film actually entertains on DVD. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "A Fera" ("The Beast")


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