BEASTLY

A Witchy Beauty and the Beast

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Release Date: March 04, 2011

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa
Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil
Patrick Harris, Erik Knudsen,
Dakota Johnson, Peter Krause

Genre: Fantasy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 95 minutes

Distributor: CBS Films

Director: Daniel Barnz

Executive Producer: Roz Weisberg, Michael Flynn

Producer: Susan Cartsonis

Writer: Daniel Barnz

Address Comments To:

Sumner Redstone, Chairman, Viacom
Leslie Moonves, CEO/President, CBS Corporation
Amy Baer, CEO, CBS Films
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Los Angeles, CA 90025
Website: www.cbsfilms.com

Content:

(PaPa, OO, EE, B, LL, VV, S, N, DD, MM) Strong pagan worldview, with an occult witchcraft spell bringing positive self-revelations to the characters, plus some pro-environmentalist content and some light moral elements; 14 obscenities and two strong profanities, plus some scatological terms and vulgarities such as “we suck”; strong violence includes man shoots and kills another man; light sexual content includes mention of teenager sex and passionate kissing; upper male nudity and pictures of scantily clad girls; no alcohol use; a drug addict overdoses; and, bad fathers, one father lies to son, another father is a drug addict, racism, bad role models, dysfunctional family portrayal, absent father figures, absent mother figures.

Summary:

BEASTLY, a modern version of the famous fairy tale BEATUTY AND THE BEAST, focuses on Kyle, a high school student who has a curse put on him that reveals his ugly insides but leads to a positive transformation. With an emphasis on witchcraft, BEASTLY is only fairly entertaining and extols a pagan worldview with witchcraft and some crude content, so media-wise viewers will want to avoid it.

Review:

BEASTLY is a modern version of the fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, developed from a contemporary novel. It has many problems and fails to capture the real essence of the fairy tale.

In the story, Kyle is a young, attractive high school student seeking the nomination as president of the Green Committee. During his speech to become the Green Committee leader, he tells all of the students they will only be loved if they are attractive. Because of his popularity, he is nominated for the position, which starts a conflict with another candidate running, a witch named Kendra.

Kyle publicly teases Kendra about her “ugly” Goth look. Kendra chants to Kyle to “embrace the suck” and deliberately puts a curse on Kyle. This curse is to bring to light the ugly insides of Kyle, and he transforms into a “beast” with tattoos, scars and a swollen face. Kendra comes to Kyle and tells him the curse will ware off in a year, but only if he finds someone who will love him for who he is, despite his beastly appearance.

Shocked by what has happened, Kyle goes to his father, Rob, for support, but his father is a figure in society known for promoting love of only those who have beauty on the outside. Rob takes Kyle to every sort of doctor to try to get his handsome looks back, but nothing can be done.

Rob eventually drops Kyle off at a huge mansion outside of the city, in order for Kyle not to be seen by others. Rob promises to go see his son Kyle, but lies each time and clearly ostracizes Kyle for his ugly looks.

During this time, Kyle retreats from society and only sees his maid and his blind teacher, Will, who only knows him for who he is, not his appearance. Kyle also becomes infatuated with a sweet girl from his school, Lindy. He starts to follow Lindy, watching her from a distance and wishing to protect her.

One night as Kyle watches Lindy, Lindy finds her father in the back alley in a confrontation with a drug dealer for money. The drug dealer has a gun pointed at Lindy’s father, and she is caught in the middle. Kyle decides to take action and saves Lindy but her father gets hold of the gun and kills the drug dealer. Kyle tells Lindy’s father he can protect her, and she ends up coming to live with Kyle in the mansion

Lindy feels like she is in prison to be so far away from the city, away from school, and kept up in the attic. Kyle reaches out to Lindy. She starts to accept him, even with his beastly looks. Will her love break the evil spell?

BEASTLY is only fairly entertaining. Some of the acting and effects are a bit silly. Also, the movie is crude at points, with an emphasis on “embracing the suck,” a theory that there is beauty in the ugly. The movie seems to honor witchcraft, since the curse on the hero brings positive self-revelations to the characters. The movie’s content is unacceptable. Also, the movie ultimately fails to capture the essence of the great fairy tale on which it’s based, where the beast was actually a good prince who was unfairly cursed by an evil witch. Thus, in the fairy tale, the heroine looks past the beastly appearance to see the real goodness within.

In Brief:

BEASTLY is a modern version of the famous fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. It takes the theory of learning to genuinely love the insides of a person to an extreme. The main character, Kyle, is prideful about his good looks and therefore perceives only the outwardly beautiful as worthy. The witch at Kyle’s high school puts a curse on him, transforming him into a beast with tattoos, scars, and a swollen face. The curse will fade only when Kyle realizes how to love others for who they truly are – their inner beauty. Kyle takes interest in a sweet girl named Lindy, who he protects up in his mansion outside the city. Kyle learns to love Lindy, but the question is, can she love him with his disfigured beastly body?

BEASTLY is only fairly entertaining. Some of the acting and effects are a bit silly. Also, the movie is crude at points, with an emphasis on “embracing the suck,” a theory that there is beauty in the ugly. The movie seems to honor witchcraft, since the curse on the hero brings positive self-revelations to the characters. The movie’s content is unacceptable.