A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is ultimately saying that beauty isn't skin deep, and valuing the outside above all else can make your insides ugly.
Positive 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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words include "s--t," "ass," "crap," "slut," "skank," "bulls--t," "WTF," and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Some label-flashing and name-dropping, including Ducati, Forbes, D'Agostino, Duane Reade, Coke, Footlocker, Jujyfruit, and Bulgari.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some underage drinking at a party; drug references.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BEASTLY lives up to its name: It's inert, unexciting, and sometimes laughable, and not in an intentional way. When the best part of your movie is a supporting actor who appears to be channeling his most popular character from a sitcom -- in this case, Neil Patrick Harris as Will, who seems like a blind version of How I Met Your Mother's Barney -- you know you're in trouble.
Start with the movie's definition of ugly, for instance. Rather than make pretty boy Pettyfer downright hideous (which is called for in this case), Beastly wimps out and goes for a tattooed, slashed, punk-rock skinhead look, with a dose of allergy-induced-looking inflammation here and there. Then there's the tone, which is ambivalent at best. Is Beastly a supernatural mystery, a high school drama, or a romcom? (Our money is on supernatural mystery, which it abandons fairly quickly.) And what about chemistry? Pettyfer and Hudgens have none. Some storylines, like Kyle's dynamic with his father (Peter Krause), seem promising, and the film's look isn't half-bad (it has a brooding, midnight-in-the-city vibe). And Harris is always a win, whatever role he plays. But honestly, Beastly is pretty blah.
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