In this hyper-modern retelling of the classic
"Beauty and the Beast,"
Kyle Kingston (Alex Pettyfer
"I Am Number 4") is popular, wealthy, and handsome, but he also has a wicked cruel streak. He is undaunted by the competition as he runs for
class green initiative president, because his news anchor father Rob Kingston (Peter Krause
"We Don't Live Here Anymore"), has made him something of a
celebrity at school. When Kyle jilts witchy classmate Kendra
"The Wackness") for the last time, she casts a spell that leaves him
heavily tattooed, scarred and bald. If he doesn't find someone to love
him within one year, he will be forced to remain this way forever.
Kyle's father can't take the transformation and promptly moves him to a
private house on the outskirts of the city. With only a maid (Lisa Gay
"The Soloist") and a blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris
"How I Met Your Mother") to care about him, Kyle soon grows antsy and becomes innocently infatuated
with Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens
"High School Musical"). She doesn't know he's the snotty boy from their old
school, particularly when Kyle tells her his name is Hunter. She finds herself living under the
same roof as Hunter, and when her
life suddenly is in jeopardy, the two of them become closer. Lindy seems to be
able to look beyond his disfigurement, but in order for her to love him
enough to change him back, he's first going to have to make some
alterations to his bitterness on the inside.
Written and directed by Daniel Barnz
("Phoebe in Wonderland"), Beastly
is basically a formulaic romantic teen drama, but with a total lack of sophistication. It
probably won't be making anyone over the age of about thirteen either excited or entertained.