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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

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Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Kami Garcia (based on the novel "Beautiful Creatures" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alden Ehrenreich ... Ethan Wate
Alice Englert ... Lena Duchannes
Jeremy Irons ... Macon Ravenwood
Viola Davis ... Amma
Emmy Rossum ... Ridley Duchannes
Thomas Mann ... Link
Emma Thompson ... Mrs. Lincoln / Sarafine
Eileen Atkins ... Gramma
Margo Martindale ... Aunt Del
Zoey Deutch ... Emily Asher
Tiffany Boone ... Savannah Snow
Rachel Brosnahan ... Genevieve Duchannes
Kyle Gallner ... Larkin Ravenwood
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Mr. Lee
Robin Skye ... Mrs. Hester
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Storyline

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Casters and outcasters - there are more of us than you think. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hermosas criaturas See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,582,595, 17 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,452,138

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,052,138
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

J.D. Evermore appeared as Ethan's father Mitchell Wate, but was cut from the film. See more »

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The matter of the script changing might not be a goof. Lena's power might change the script unconsciously in her presence. See more »

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Ethan Wate: My mom always said that people in Gatlin were either too stupid to leave or to stuck to move.
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References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) See more »

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Never Too Late
Written by Dhani Harrison
Performed by Thenewno2
Courtesy of Hot Records Limited
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"Claim the light. Claim the dark. Claim it all!"
9 May 2014 | by doug_park2001See all my reviews

A common criticism of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is that it doesn't do justice to the original novel, which is often the case when the book is really good. I had not read the book prior to watching this but am now eager to do so.

Regardless, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is vividly filmed with good performances by Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emmy Rossum, Rachel Brosnahan, and just about everyone else. Another frequent complaint seems to be that there is not enough in the magic/special effects department: True, but the relative sparseness here adds a necessary realism and highlights what spectactics the film does have. The townspeople of Gatlin, South Carolina, are stereotypical Bible-thumping yokel-rubes, but that serves its purpose in the way it contrasts Lena (Englert), who is just about the only character who does not speak in a deep-southern accent. It also helps in how Ethan (Ehrenreich) and his buddy Link (Thomas Mann) completely defy their hickish appearances. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES captures the whole Southern Gothic tradition quite well. One way or another, the relationships in this film are very real. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES also walks the thin horror-comedy line most admirably.

On the dimmer end of things, the whole texture of the film is a little slow and murky, and it would probably have been a little better with a few minutes cut here and there.


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