"Beastly" (movie), starring Vannesa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty.

Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer), a 17 year old who has it all—he's hot, popular, rich and gets whatever he wants. He also has a vicious cruel side, fueled by his obsession with popularity and his contempt for those who don't fit in. Prone to mocking and humiliating outcast classmates, he zeroes in on Goth girl Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), inviting her to the school's extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly harsh fashion. In the movie "Beastly," she seeks revenge in the form of a spell that physically transforms him into someone unrecognizable, not to mention horribly unattractive. The only way to reverse this curse is to find someone who will love him in his new form: a task he doesn't think possible.

Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle's insensitive father (Peter Krause) banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper (Lisa Gay Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Kyle, seizing the opportunity, promises freedom and safety for the addict and his daughter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), but only if she agrees to live in Kyle's Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle's journey to discover true love.

CBS Films' "Beastly" is directed by Daniel Barnz ("Phoebe In Wonderland"), who also wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name. The film is produced by Storefront Pictures. Susan Cartsonis ("No Reservations," "What Women Want") is the producer, and Roz Weisberg is co-producer.

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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 4, 2011
Tagline: Love is never ugly.
Distributor: CBS Films
Production Company: Storefront Films

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