Beastly is a 2011 romantic fantasy film based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast set in modern-day New York City. The film is written and directed by Daniel Barnz and stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer.
The plot focuses on Kyle Kingson, a wealthy and arrogant high school student. During an environmental event, he disrespects a classmate, who is secretly a witch in disguise. The witch then casts a spell on Kyle to disfigure his body and face, giving him a year to find love or be left with his monstrous appearance forever.
It was expected to be distributed to theaters by CBS Films and Alliance Films on July 30, 2010. However, it was moved to March 18, 2011, in order to avoid Hudgens's film from clashing with the release of Zac Efron's film Charlie St. Cloud, but in January 2011, it was bumped up to March 4, 2011.
Kyle Kingston is the arrogant and vain son of wealthy and equally as arrogant and vain news anchor Rob Kingston. When he wins student body president, he bullies the eccentric Kendra for being ugly and strange at the after-party. Disgusted, Kendra magically transforms Kyle into a bald, and scarred shell of his once-handsome self. Kendra says Kyle has until the next spring to find someone who loves him or he stays this way forever. Rob takes Kyle to live in a private condo with their maid Zola and Kyle's blind tutor Will. Rob initially promises to support his son, but gradually neglects his son over time and stops visiting him after work altogether. Angry and hurt, Kyle finds sympathy from Zola and Will.
As spring draws closer, Kyle finds himself infatuated with Lindy, a girl from his former school who he had initially been as distant to as he was to Kendra. When Lindy and her father are about to be mugged by two brothers on the street, Lindy's father shoots one of the brothers, the surviving one vowing vengeance by taking Lindy's life for his brother. Kyle saves Lindy and her father, and arranges for Lindy to move in with him for her own safety. Initially, Lindy is furious about hiding, since she was to go to Machu Picchu on a field trip - but after she claims she's seen worse than Kyle (now calling himself "Hunter" around her) they warm to each other. Kyle writes a letter to Lindy professing his love to her, but he never plans to give it to her, in fear of Lindy not feeling the same way. Will and Zola continue to help Kyle win her over, as the two begin to fall in love. In time he completely wins her over when they read Frank O'Hara's poem Having a Coke with You together out loud. Closer to spring, Kyle makes a deal with Kendra that if he succeeds in winning Lindy's heart, she will restore Will's vision, and grant legal citizenship to Zola's three children in Jamaica.
Despite Lindy receiving a text message from her father that the criminal who threatened her life is in jail, she and Kyle spend an afternoon at one of Rob's private cottages on a lake. As they were about to kiss, Lindy receives a call notifying her that her father overdosed and is in a hospital. She leaves to see her father, and Kyle gives her his letter, but regrets doing so when she doesn't profess love for him before leaving. Heartbroken, Kyle does not answer Lindy's phone calls, even after she reads them. Inspired by Will and Zola, Kyle goes to meet Lindy one last time before she leaves for the field trip to Machu Picchu, and explains he did not answer her calls because he thought she only liked him as a friend. Lindy kisses Kyle and professes her love for him, and departs for Machu Picchu. Kyle's normal, handsome self is restored with Kendra's spell broken, but Lindy decides against leaving and tries to find "Hunter" again. She initially ignores Kyle while searching for Hunter, only for Kyle's phone to ring when she calls "Hunter". Realizing Hunter was Kyle, the two share a kiss in the street.
In the credits, a series of photographs shows that Kyle and Lindy went around the world together - including Machu Picchu - after Kyle's normal form was restored. Will wakes up one morning and to his delight can see again, and Zola finds three Green Cards for her children in the mail from the government. Kendra is also seen approaching Rob Kingston's office as a new intern, implying that Kendra will likely do the same thing she did to Kyle to Rob.
Cast overview, first billed only: Alex Pettyfer ... Kyle
Justin Bradley ... Student
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Kendra
Dakota Johnson ... Sloan
Erik Knudsen ... Trey
Vanessa Hudgens ... Lindy
Karl Graboshas ... Male Teacher
Peter Krause ... Rob
Lisa Gay Hamilton ... Zola
Jonathan Dubsky ... Student at Green Party
David Francis ... Dr. Davis
Neil Patrick Harris ... Will
Rhiannon Moller-Trotter ... Halloween Partygoer
Steve Godin ... Junkie
Gio Perez ... Victor
Directed by Daniel Barnz
Produced by Susan Cartsonis
Screenplay by Daniel Barnz
Based on Beastly by