Beastly 2011

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Seventeen year old Kyle is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom. Entirely captivated and empowered by his own physical appearance, Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra, a Goth classmate rumoured to be a witch, as his latest target for humiliation. Unfazed by his cruel behaviour, Kendra decides to teach him a lesson ? she transforms him into someone as un...

Starring:
Lisa Gay Hamilton, Mary-Kate Olsen
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

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Beastly

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Romance, Teen & Young Adult
Director Daniel Barnz
Starring Lisa Gay Hamilton, Mary-Kate Olsen
Supporting actors Erik Knudsen, Dakota Johnson, Alex Pettyfer, Peter Krause, Vanessa Hudgens
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Beastly, follows Kyle (Pettyfer) who is the son of a popular & wealthy T.V news anchor in America. Kyle is a good looking guy (and what's more he knows it) who gets anything he wants. As a student, near the start of the film he is voted class President(or something) on the back of his pure cockyness, rather then any hard work, unlike his beautiful fellow candidate Lindy (Hudgens). And much to the dismay of Kendra (Olsen) who is referred to by fellow students as the "Witch", due to her Gothic appearance & beliefs in the Supernatural. So, Kendra has finally had enough of Kyle's approach to life & decides to teach him a life lesson, so, she casts a spell on him, a spell that will make him look Beastly for an entire year, and unless he finds someone to say "i love you" , kiss him, and mean it! as he looks now, he will forever remain Beastly. So Kyle drops out of College due to his new appearance & has to start changing his ways to lift the curse.

Overall this is very much a modern telling of a combination of Beauty And The Beast & The Frog Prince. The story does kinda work well, although the love interest aspect feels too forced , and the acting is on the whole very good. The standout being IMO Neil Patrick Harris's (Doogie Howser, M.D.) quirky blind tutor, who manages to lift things in places by adding a little injection (Doogie Howser pun ;-p) of comedy to the proceedings. Mary-Kate Olsen (New York Minute) also impressed, putting in a good performance, playing totally against type, she was spot on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
The movie starts out 5 stars. Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is a pretty boy running for H.S. president of the Green committee. He openly proclaims people should vote for him because he is good looking and his dad is a celebrity. He has a Barbie Doll girl friend and lives at home with his dad who ignores him. He takes out his lack of fatherly attention on everyone from the maid to the school witch, the later being a mistake. Kendra, the school witch, who can't rig an election (must not be a Chicago witch) portrayed excellently by Mary-Kate Olsen, places a curse on Kyle. Kyle will become as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. He doesn't become Michael Berryman ugly, more like the lead singer from Midnight Oil ugly. He has one year to find someone who will tell him, "I Love You" or else he will stay ugly forever. At this point the movie becomes a two star teen-age Beauty and the Beast as Kyle stalks a girl from HS and eventually arranges for her to live in his gilded cage for her own protection from the drug dealers her dad is involved with. Neil Patrick Harris gives us a good performance as his blind private tutor who is more of a philosopher.

When the story succumbs and becomes the Beauty and the Beast it falls apart. Neither actor was good enough to carry the burden of a trite script.

I liked the fact that Beauty (Vanessa Hudgens) wants old fashioned hand written love letters. I thought that died with the younger electric texting generation.

I would of liked to have seen expanded roles of Kendra and Neil Patrick Harris and less of Kyle wallowing in self pity. The movie might be a smash with young teen girls, but outside of that, it really doesn't carry much appeal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
So this movie received mostly bad reviews, but who were these reviews written by? Adults. Who is this movie aimed at? Teens. So it's not wonder it was so critically received, and let's be honest, most teen movies are, but if all the reviews are written by adults, is this really fair? Yes, usually the standard of acting is not as good, and the plot lines are either cheesy or predictable (or both), but the people who it is aimed at are young people who will watch just about anything for a laugh and won't read into the deeper meaning of things. I don't think that these reviews are fair, and the same goes for this movie.

Beastly is a modern retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast', and is a film adaption of the book written by Alex Finn. Now with two pieces that are distinctly Disney playing major roles in this movie ('BATB' and Vanessa Hudgens), I was concerned that perhaps this movie would appear too... well.. Disney.

This movie will definitely appeal to teenage girls who like cute, romance movies, probably not so much to boys or adults. So, being as it's a modern adaption of Beauty and the Beast, everybody should know how the story's going to go... give or take an arrogant, loaded, bastard, and a drug-abusers daughter... So I guess the story of 'Beauty and the Beast' doesn't really fit into the modern world, but who cares? It's a movie. F-I-C-T-I-O-N. So apparently the acting wasn't too good, but personally, I didn't really notice this. I thought that this was a good movie, with an important moral message, that is important is this day and age: look aren't everything. By retelling this Disney classic that everybody knows the story of in modern times could help us to relate to it and to release the message behind the story.

I was only disappointed in the fact that Alex Pettyfer spent so little of this moving looking his usual, dishy self, but on the whole it was quite a good movie.
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