Review of New Film "Beastly"
Adapting the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast as a modern-day teen romance is a good idea in principle. Sadly, Beastly falls short in its execution.
Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is a hunky, popular high-school student whose news anchor father (Peter Krause) has taught him the all-importance of physical beauty in attaining success. Cocky and mean-spirited, though inwardly insecure, Kyle invites class Goth Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) to a party as his date and then publicly belittles her when she shows up. Kendra turns out to be a witch and transforms Kyle into a monster, albeit with bizarre facial scars and tattoos instead of fur and fangs. He has one year to get someone to tell him "I love you," or he stays a monster for life.