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"Love is never ugly."

Beastly is a film which was based off of a novel with the same name. However, the movie diverges slightly from the book and takes both the characters and the story to a new level. The film follows the main character, Kyle Kingston. Kyle is wealthy and very good looking, and does not understand that his good looks and popularity will not always grant him exactly what he wants. He is often rude or snobbish to his classmates, but thinks that he can get away with that kind of behavior because of his status.

One day, Kyle makes the mistake of acting rudely toward a classmate, named Kendra. However, Kendra is a really a witch and, when Kyle shows no remorse for his actions, she casts a spell on him, making him appear beastly. He becomes disfigured and is covered in strange tattoos. With his beautiful looks gone, Kyle feels like he can never be seen in public again. He also soon realizes that his father is embarrassed by him. Kyle goes to live in a house by himself, with his housekeeper and a blind tutor, in order to avoid both his father and the people he used to think of as friends.

Kendra tells Kyle that, in order to return to his true form, he must find someone who will love him for who he is. He must also find this person by next spring, or the curse will become permanent. Afraid to show his face in public, Kyle believes that the task is absolutely impossible. However, when he rescues another classmate, Lindy, from a drug dealer, things start to look up. In order to keep Lindy safe from the dealers her father owes money to, Lindy moves into the house with Kyle and his tutor.

At first, Lindy is angry with Kyle, not because of his looks, but because she wants to be able to live freely in her own home. She has no idea that the Kyle she knows now is the Kyle Kingston who once went to her school. She has no problem telling this new Kyle exactly how she feels. Her open emotions and her clever nature soon win Kyle over, and he begins to fall in love with her. As the story progresses, Lindy also begins to have feelings for Kyle. However, Kyle is nervous that if Lindy finds out who he really is, she may not love him anymore.

| 2011 | 1 hr 26 min | 5.6/10 | 40/100
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