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Overall B-

Based on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast, popular playboy Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) has his good looks taken away by the spell of a witch (Mary-Kate Olsen). And he'll stay as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside unless he can find someone to fall in love with him. Perhaps that will be Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), a girl capable of seeing beyond face value.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language including some crude comments, drug references and brief violence.

Talk to your kids about…


This movie’s main message is about body image and the way we perceive others. When asked why he dresses so nicely, a blind character comments, "It’s not about how others look at me, but about how I look at myself." What do you think he means? Where is the balance between dressing appropriately and confidently, versus becoming obsessed with image and fashion?

How are parents portrayed in this movie? What changes are Kyle and Lindy making in their lives that will take them in a different direction from the role models they have been raised by? What positive things did their parents contribute to their lives?

Rob is frequently distracted by his cell phone. Kyle later says one of his best memories is going to a certain place where there was poor cell phone reception. Why does he feel this way? How has technology impacted your life for good or bad? Is it important to limit our use of such devices in certain situations?

Cell phones are used in other parts of this film. How have these phones changed the way movies are written and the methods by which characters interact?

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