by Jacob Alvarado
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Everyone knows the story of Beauty and the Beast. Well the fairy tale has come back to life in the year 2011 in the form of the movie Beastly. This film adaptation stars Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical and up and coming actor Alex Pettyfer. Also making a comeback is the Olsen twin that can act, Mary-Kate Olsen.
The movie takes place in the great city of New York. Alex Pettyfer plays Kyle, the most handsome, popular, richest guy at an elite private high school. He has always lived off his looks, and his newscaster father’s wealth. At the school he is running for president of a sort of “Green Club” when the school wacko played by Olsen, tells him that he shouldn’t rely on looks, but what is in his heart. He ignores this so she puts a spell on him that turns him from the handsome pretty boy, to a pierced, scared, tattood monster. She tells him that he has one year to find someone to love, or he will stray like this forever. Enter Lindy, a shy school girl who despite her hard life seeks to find good in everyone. Kyle’s father, embarrassed by his son, sends him to a town house that becomes Kyle’s own prison. After Kyle saves Lindy from the trouble her drug addict father gets her into, they begin an interesting friendship. He eventually falls in love with her, but does she love him back? Will the curse be lifted?
This movie was really predictable but we all love a sappy love story. I would recommend this movie as a date night movie. It has great characters and a great moral. “People can be beautiful on the inside, no matter how beastly.”
Rated PG-13 for language including crude comments, brief violence and some thematic material. (edited version); originally Rated PG-13 for language including some crude comments, drug references and brief violence.
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