Beastly is like a train wreck you can't look away from.
Beastly is like a train wreck you can't look away from. Knowing the movie is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a pair of teen lovers may prepare you to expect a certain amount of cheesiness, but you won't be prepared enough. Beastly excels at being ridiculous, and when you're not cringing, you're laughing. Sadly, the humor is rarely intentional.
Hotshot high schooler Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) has it all: looks, money, and popularity. The only thing he loves more than himself is putting others down. His oppressive bullying makes him the target of Mary-Kate Olsen's teen witch Kendra, who puts a spell on Kyle to teach him a lesson. Transforming his perfect face into a melange of scar tissue, tattoos, and open wounds, Kendra warns Kyle that he'll have to keep his new look forever unless he finds someone to love him. Enter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), the impoverished scholarship student who sees behind Kyle's looks and becomes the key to releasing him from his ugly-face prison. Their love story has the potential to be sweet and disarming, but the nonsensical storytelling and subpar acting sabotage any chance at success. To find out why Beastly is so bad, just read more