After arrogant teenager Kyle humiliates a Goth classmate, she puts a curse on him that transforms him from a hunk into a hideous creature.

Year: 2011
Certificate: 12
Director: Daniel Barnz
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Alex Pettyfer, Peter Krause, Vanessa Hudgens, David Francis, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Erik Knudsen, Dakota Johnson, Mary-Kate Olsen

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Beastly is a modern re-telling of the well-loved Beauty and the Beast. If for some reason you are NOT familiar with that story here is a quick synopsis… Extremely unattractive/scarred man, falls for beautiful lady and spends everyday trying to win her love.

In this version, the story is brought into a high school setting. Alex Pettyfer plays Kyle who is a typical ‘Jock’. He’s good-looking, popular, rich and of course he is running for class president. One of his opponents in the hotly sought after position is typical goth, Kendra, (Mary-Kate Olsen in one of her last movie roles). During a party, Kyle humiliates Kendra in-front of the whole school and of course being a goth (stereotype alert), she places a curse on him that turns him from “hunk into a hideous creature”.

When Kyle awakes from his curse induced sleep, he finds himself horribly scarred and disfigured and when he turns to his father for help, his father puts him under house arrest until they can figure out a cure. A cure of course which is only possible if and only if, Kyle is able to find someone to love him without his looks, popularity and money, oh and there’s a time limit of a year.

To keep him company and assist with home schooling, Kyles’ father hires a blind teacher (someone who won’t be afraid of his son’s looks), ‘Will’ played by Neil Patrick Harris.

Admittedly, this is not a film I would have chosen myself but I am open to watching anything if it is entertaining. Sadly, in this case, it wasn’t. The story was familiar yet confusing. Logic plays no part in the events of this movie and like I mentioned earlier, the stereotypes are aplenty and accompanied by cliché after cliché.

I’m not a fan of bashing scripts or screenplays as I could only dream of being talented enough to write one, but if this film taught me anything, it wasn’t that beauty can grow and live on despite our imperfections, it’s that of this can get made, then maybe I COULD write a script. The language and acting are as if from the pen and the direction of a 14-year-old girl and, although that may be the target audience of this movie, it shows in its execution. That is of course, no slight on any 14-year-old girls out there who want to make movies, in fact this movie will serve as motivation because I would not be shocked if a 14-year-old girl was able to write a version of the Beauty and the Beast much better than this.

As always here at New on Netflix we don’t want you to take our word for it. So please, if you’ve seen “Beastly”, let me know your thoughts. If you think I am wrong, let me know and of course let me know if you agree. If you are a 14-year-old girl or anybody for that matter that wants to write a script for a movie, watch this movie and then start writing.

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