Seventeen year old Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom. Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a witch masquerading as a high school student, as his latest target for humiliation. In order to teach Kyle a lesson, Kendra transforms him into someone as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside. Now he has one year to find someone to love him, or he will remain Beastly forever. A quiet classmate he ever noticed named Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) may be his best chance to prove that love is never ugly. (DVD)
Well. This is a conundrum of a movie. First off, I actually liked how they modernized it, they connected modern society to the classic story quite well in my opinion. Overall, it actually wasn’t a bad movie. However, there are a few glaring problems. First off, normally, as you have read, I love quickly paced movies. However, coming in at only 1 hour and 26 minutes, this was a feature length movie trying to cram everything in the amount of time given to an extra long TV episode. Multiple months went by in literally a blink of an eye, with almost no explanation. Also, I’m sorry, there is no one who is ever that openly an asshole as Kyle is at the beginning. A true ugly person talks about people behind their back, the stuff he actually says out loud to people’s faces could honestly get him in trouble for harassment. So honestly, all that crap at the beginning was unbelievable. Next, mini plot spoiler here, why was Lindy’s dad not arrested for first degree murder? Seriously, he killed a guy. With a gun. How did that just go away? Lastly, why was Lindy not at all mad that he was lying about who he was? Is it no big deal because he is hot now? What the hell? Now, I know I’m kind of tearing this movie apart, but honestly, there are some beacons of hope in this one. The biggest one being Neil Patrick Harris. He was really funny as the blind tutor, and honestly had the best scenes in the entire movie. Also, Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer were not terrible, so I was pleasantly surprised about that. And honestly, the “ugly” makeup is pretty bad ass, in my opinion. But they shouldn’t have ruined it in all of the promotional trailers, that would have made the big reveal more shocking. So, yes this is not a bad rental for a movie night, but that’s as far as it goes.