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)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 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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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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CherubKerry on 6 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
How shall I start? This film was AWESOME! Speaking from a young perosons perspective I think this is a great film particuarly for teens and I was shocked to how good an accress vanessa hudgens is out of hight school musical. Alex Pettyfer, what can I say, hes a great, easy on the eyes, british actor known from a few other good films. I loved this film and I would definitely reccomend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty on 15 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was a bit dubious at buying this as I'd read a few other reviews saying it wasn't that great, but being a huge Beauty and the Beast fan I decided I wanted to see how it would be adapted to real life and modernized.
I was pleasantly surprised by the film. It wasn't amazing, but it certainly wasn't terrible either.
Vanessa Hudgens did seem a bit, well, stiff in her acting, but Alex Pettyfer and Neil Patrick Harris made up for it.
Pettyfer's portrayal of the 'Beast' was excellent. The strops he throws when Lindy refuses his expensive presents are exactly how the Beast reacts when Belle refuses to come down for dinner. It was my favorite part.
Although I won't be replacing Beauty and the Beast with Beastly in my top five, it is a good film to watch if you loved the Disney cartoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raving Reviewer on 9 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
Once again, Alex pettyfer has made an unmissable movie!

A modern-day beauty and the beast about an arrogant high schooler Kyle (Pettyfer) and
the down to earth, smart girl Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens, HSM) who collide after a witch curses
Kyle for insulting her and showing her up at a party. Kyle is cursed ugly (Just a few blue
veins really!) forever unless he can find someone to love him, along comes Gabriella, Whoops! I mean
Lindy. The two slowly start trusting one another and friendship and more starts to bloom between the two.

But will it be too late for Kyle?

The movie was an enjoyable one, not perfect, but what movie is?
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