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Beastly | 2011 | PG-13 | - 3.5.4

A contemporary take on the classic tale "Beauty and the Beast" set in New York City: A handsome but arrogant and rude teen (Alex Pettyfer) makes the mistake of disrespecting a modern Goth witch (Mary-Kate Olsen) and she casts a spell that deforms his face with tatoos and scars. His father (Peter Krause) sends him to Brooklyn with a blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris) and while there he rescues a drug addict from death in exchange for the promise that the addict's daughter (Vanessa Hudgens) will live in his house. Also with Lisa Gay Hamilton, Dakota Johnson, Erik Knudsen and Roc LaFortune. Directed by Daniel Barnz. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A teen girl is shown wearing a deep V-necked top that reveals cleavage and her breasts bounce as she walks. Several teen girls wear scoop necked dresses that reveal some cleavage and backless dresses that reveal backs. Several teen girls' skirts are mid-thigh length, revealing thighs and legs. A teen boy is seen wearing only biker shorts while exercising. Several male Mayan drummers wear only loincloths and body paint. Several billboards depict teen and college-aged men and women semi-nude: Two girls wear bikinis that reveal cleavage, abdomens, and thighs, several men are shirtless, one woman is nude in full reclining length and is covering her breasts with her hands, and one ad shows a nude man's back and buttocks.
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss briefly three times and say, "I love you."
 An Internet yearbook page lists a teen boy's major activity as "banging anything." A teen boy writes a teen girl a long love letter and they read a long poem about love together as a tutoring assignment.
 A teen boy insults his housekeeper about probably having 16 children, because she is an immigrant of color. A man jokes with a teen girl, asking her for an opinion on a film containing a devil-alien, virginal girls and a plot to steal the girls to breed on another planet.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man walks up a fire escape and two teen boys with handguns hold him up for money; a third teen boy climbs up, grabs one of the boys, throws him to the ground (he lies still but shows no blood), the other boy with a gun runs away, we hear a gunshot and see a puddle of blood (we hear that one of the teens is dead).
 We see a teen girl lying unconscious on the ground after being struck; a teen boy lifts her up and she later recovers fully.
 A teen boy is transformed into a bald, facially scarred and heavily tattooed person, with boils appearing on his cheek and hand, and deep, red slashes, and he holds his head in pain while being surrounded by colorful waves of light (please see the Substance Use category for more details); the tattoos are varied and circular or veiny (black, blue, and purple) and a tattooed tree on his forearm changes with the seasons while over his eye appears the faint tattoo "suck." In a high school, a bald, tattooed, scarred teen boy enters the front door and students and staff gasp at his appearance.
 A teen boy doing some carpentry hits his finger with a hammer and grunts repeatedly as he waves his hand in the air. A teen boy becomes frustrated with activities several times and growls, punches the air, and kicks a table and a wall without damage.
 A teen girl receives a call that her father is in the hospital, having OD'ed (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and we hear the next day that he is fine.
 A teen boy insults his housekeeper about probably having 16 children, since she is an immigrant of color and they argue briefly about raising children. A teen boy argues with his father about not spending time together. A teen boy argues with a teen girl and finally apologizes for his insults. A teen boy insults classmates repeatedly as being ugly and therefore unsuccessful. A teen girl calls out to a teen boy that if he touches her she will hurt him. A blind man with a long cane speaks of losing his eyesight at age 15 (the cause is not revealed).
 A teen girl and her father go to skid row to visit the homeless; a police cruiser sits with its light flashing and the homeless are seen lying or sitting under a viaduct, apparently asleep. A film clip in a zoo exhibit shows a mother elephant finding the bones of her two dead babies a year later, smelling and handling them with her trunk.
 A teen boy drives a motorcycle through streets at night, very fast, on and off sidewalks, and between other vehicles.
 Goth teen girls wear black clothing, white makeup, heavy black eyeliner, eyebrow piercings and a semi circular or straight tattoo around one eye or the other. At a Halloween party, several people are dressed as devils and ghouls. A teen boy often wears a black ski mask and gloves to hide tattoos and looks like a burglar. An insensitive businessman spits his chewing gum into his secretary's hand to dispose of, apparently by habit.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 sexual references, 5 scatological references, 10 anatomical references, 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (hatchet face, witch, fat, fatty-cakes, dumb, ugly, tool, sappy, disabled coven, Frankenskank, self-mutilating, cheap, cow, Dr. Crap-for-brains, creep-show, scary), stereotypical references to teen girls, teen boys, dating, Goth culture, magic, witchcraft, immigrants, blind people, the homeless, attractive people, followers being brainless, people who are different, drug addicts, 1 religious profanity, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - At a party, a teen boy is placed under a magic spell and becomes dizzy; through his eyes on a balcony, we see fuzzy vision, hallucinations of a teen girl's face, and colorful wavy patterns, as if he is under the influence of drugs, and a teen girl refers to her father as a drug addict several times. At a teen party, teen boys and teen girls drink an unknown beverage from plastic cups (no one shows any signs of inebriation), a teen boy tells a teen girl that followers are like those that drank the poisoned Kool Aid at the Jim Jones Massacre, and a teen boy emails friends that he is in rehab.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parenting skills, sensitivity, respect, relationships, human differences, magic, physical appearance, love, loss, redemption.

MESSAGE - Adversity can bring a new view of life and love.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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