So, you know the time-honored fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast"—about the dashing prince who looks disgusting because a fairy put a curse on him to make his outsides match his ugly insides, and then gives him a year to find true love or he'll stay a beast forever? Well, imagine that story rewritten by a pack of teen girls high on Twilight and Gossip Girl, and you get an idea of what you're in for with Beastly.

Our "beast" du jour is Kyle (Alex Pettyfer), a hot, pompous high schooler who's running for the position of Green Committee president, not because he's so committed to the environment but because he thinks it'll look good on his transcript—a fact he states quite smarmily at the podium right before declaring that he and all the rest of the beautiful people simply get it better in life.

This skin-deep paradigm is fostered by his dad, a news anchor who's all about looks and image. Their relationship is "Cat's in the Cradle" for the new millennium—with Kyle texting his dad from across the room just to get his attention.

Despite the fact Kyle is a total jerk, he's caught the eye of Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), the gorgeous and supposedly nerdy good girl who's running for Green Committee treasurer. Even though Kyle has an online profile that lists his likes as "anything bangable" and his dislikes as "fattycakes," Lindy knows there's something deep and special inside Kyle.

Unfortunately for Kyle, he picks on the wrong co-ed one day, humiliating Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), the campus witch, at a school dance. She gets back at him by hexing him with hideousness. Obviously Kendra has read the Fairy Tale Handbook, because she gives Kyle a year to get someone to tell him she loves him. If he doesn't, he'll stay ugly forever. ...

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1½ Stars - Weak
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for language including crude comments, brief violence and some thematic material)
Directed By
Daniel Barnz
Run Time
1 hour 26 minutes
Alex Pettyfer, Justin Bradley, Mary-Kate Olsen, Dakota Johnson
Theatre Release
March 04, 2011 by CBS Films
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