March 4th, 2011



No valid json found

Still of Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in BeastlyStill of Alex Pettyfer in BeastlyJena Malone at event of BeastlyStill of Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in BeastlyStill of Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in BeastlyStill of Alex Pettyfer in Beastly

A modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.1/10 (19,530 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Daniel Barnz

Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen

Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) thinks he is God's gift at his high school. He plays a prank on a fellow high school student, Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) who, unbeknown to him is a witch. Kendra teaches him a lesson by putting a curse on him making him as beastly on the outside as he is on the inside. He has one year to find someone to fall in love with him or stay like that forever.

Writers: Daniel Barnz, Alex Flinn

Alex Pettyfer - Kyle
Justin Bradley - Student
Mary-Kate Olsen - Kendra
Dakota Johnson - Sloan
Erik Knudsen - Trey
Vanessa Hudgens - Lindy
Karl Graboshas - Male Teacher
Peter Krause - Rob
Lisa Gay Hamilton - Zola (as Lisagay Hamilton)
Jonathan Dubsky - Student at Green Party
David Francis - Dr. Davis
Neil Patrick Harris - Will
Rhiannon Moller-Trotter - Halloween Partygoer
Steve Godin - Junkie
Gio Perez - Victor

Taglines: It's what's underneath


Official Website: CBS Films [United States] | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 4 March 2011

Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,851,102 (USA) (6 March 2011) (1952 Screens)

Gross: $27,854,896 (USA) (15 May 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

When Kyle is talking to Will while he is playing darts, the veins/scarring on his back spell out 'ugly'.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Will refers to a 1954 movie "Devil Girl from Mars," saying that it is about an alien that wanted to abduct teenage girls for breeding stock. The actual movie Devil Girl from Mars has a female alien abducting men for breeding stock.

Lindy: What can I say, I'm substance over style.

User Review

Mediocre, at best.

Rating: 4/10

I wasn't planning on seeing this movie, but after a group of girlfriends convinced me it would be a good chick flick, I caved.

Going into this movie, I haven't read the book, just seen the Disney movie quite a few times. I was expecting this tragic love story, just like the original movie, with plenty of tear-jerking moments, but it just wasn't there, in terms of script and acting.

The plot was rushed, and therefore the audience didn't have enough time to appreciate the story line, even though we all know it like the back of our hands.

Our Beast, Kyle, was more of a brat than a beast, and even after transforming, I was expecting this monster of rage, and he just whined and moaned and was more comedic than anything else.

Lindy, who was our Beauty, really only stood as a placeholder for a gorgeous woman. Vanessa Hudgens is a gorgeous girl, but that's really all she is. Her acting is very flat, with one moment standing out in particular. She's just been told some devastating news over the phone in a conversation that lasts all of 10 seconds. Acting 101: Acting is the reality of doing, she just pretended, and there's no two ways about it. I didn't see a role model to young girls in her, I just saw a pretty face.

However, there were some exceptions, Neil Patrick Harris was impeccable with his comedic timing, and really saved this movie from otherwise getting a 1 star. Mary Kate Olsen also pleasantly surprised me, as she was good at convincing me she was this evil enchantress. However, for her entire time in the movie, she looks like a haute couture model rather than this disgusting ugly creature.

Overall, it's not terrible, just not that good. Neil Patrick Harris is reason enough alone to see this movie, and to get a look into what some consider "21st Century Beauty and the Beast."


Comments are closed.