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Daniel Barnz
Beastly is a 2011 film based on the book of the same name by Alex Flinn. In a modern retelling of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, Kyle Kingston (Alex Pettyfer) is the handsome, but narcissistic son of a wealthy news anchor who has just come out on top in the election for student body president. At the after party, Kyle humiliates a girl named Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) because of her offbeat appearance. What Kyle wasn't counting on, however, was Kendra magically transforming Kyle into a hideous version of his former self and telling him he must find someone who loves him for who he is by next spring. Kyle hides himself away in a private condo and is taught by a blind tutor named Will (Neil Patrick Harris). Kyle eventually becomes infatuated with a girl from his school named Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) and goes so far as to save her and her father from a mugger. Lindy moves in and begins to fall in love with Kyle. Kyle is afraid to tell her his true feelings since he feels she cannot feel the same way about his hideous self. As the time winds down for Kyle, he must gain the courage to tell Lindy how he feels so his curse can be forever broken.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    This is the kind of cornball entertainment that rainy afternoons were made for. Throw in a cozy sofa too. Beastly will size down well on your television.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    The idea of transformation, that people can change and learn from their mistakes, growing to be better, makes Beastly not just sweetly romantic but also quietly hopeful.

  • 40


    A kiss may cure the monster, but not even campy performances from Mary-Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris can save this ugly snarl of cliches.

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