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Beastly Review

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Dave White Profile

Ghastly Read full review

1.0

Grae Drake Profile

Beauty and the Blech Read full review

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  • 3.0
    40

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    Spectacularly poor judgment in everything from acting to costuming (Olsen's Harajuku-troll get-up is scarier than her curse) puts Beastly right on the cusp of the so-bad-it's-good Hall of Shame.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Rarely do films from Hollywood emerge in such an inane manner. Its rote characters are inevitably in predictable situations with no subtext or subtlety to any of their predicaments.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Lackluster romance is heavy on lessons about superficiality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story (which is based on the novel by Alex Flinn) is aimed squarely at teens who love all things Twilight. But those drawn to the movie by its stars (High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens and "it" boy Alex Pettyfer) and basic romantic supernatural storyline might be disappointed by what ends up feeling more like a toothless high school popularity contest movie. Plus, unlike Twilight, this film has some strong language (including "s--t") and underage drinking, as well as kissing, sexual innuendo, and plenty of label-dropping. Witchcraft plays a role in the plot.

  • Families can talk about why the witch puts a curse on Kyle when other people at school are superficial and mean, too. How can behavior like that be addressed in real life?

  • How does the behavior of the teens in this movie compare to how kids treat each other in reality? Does the fantasy element make it seem less hurtful?

  • What would you say the movie's message is?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie is ultimately saying that beauty isn't skin deep, and valuing the outside above all else can make your insides ugly.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Lindy is earnest and caring, but she seems to be the only character who's genuinely kind and gentle -- though Kyle does undergo an emotional and physical transformation that teaches him about what's most important.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A man shoots another man off screen and kills him; the body is later seen. Another man threatens another's child. A high school boy ridicules a classmate repeatedly.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Tender kisses between the movie's stars; a couple paws each other at a party. Several close-up shots of the main male character shirtless. A few sexual innuendoes.

  • language false3

    Language: Words include "s--t," "ass," "crap," "slut," "skank," "bulls--t," "WTF," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some label-flashing and name-dropping, including Ducati, Forbes, D'Agostino, Duane Reade, Coke, Footlocker, Jujyfruit, and Bulgari.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some underage drinking at a party; drug references.

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