Reviewer: Scott Rolfe Source:
Richard LaGravenese & Kami Garcia
A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.
"Beautiful Creatures" is sort of a romantic comedy/drama about a girl named Lena who is a witch - or as they say in the film a "Caster", and her boyfriend Ethan who is mortal. As they become closer, she finds out that she must face a family curse going back hundreds of years to the Civil war era. While there are many funny moments intermixed with the drama, there is also a great deal of witchcraft including spells and incantations. The premise is that there are good "casters" and evil "casters" and when a girl turns 16 she is chosen by the Moon to be one or the other, but she does not have the power to choose on her own.
I must admit that the classic good vs. evil story is told very well and there are some positive messages in the film. But, the theology or demonology is a little murky and not well defined leaving a few holes in the story. In addition, the language is slightly more that we can approve for a family film so we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this romantic tale.
Content Description: Sex: Boy/girl kiss passionately several times; Boy/woman kiss passionately a few times; Sexual Innuendo-1 Language: GD-1; D-9; H-5; B-6; G/OMG-3; BS-1; A-5; S-2; "Jesus" used once properly; "Devil Worshipers" several times Violence: Glass breaks in a classroom leaving one girl gut on her face with a little blood; Vines begin to entangle boy but girl stops them; Boy hit by a train - not graphic; Lightning flashes, storms and wind threaten people; Boy shot in chest at close range with a little blood. Drugs: Boys drinking beer in one scene; Wine with a meal Nudity: Cleavage; Woman dressed inappropriately a few times. Other: Witchcraft; Spells; Incantations; Good vs. Evil; Christians shown to be narrow minded bigots several times; Girl has tattoo on hand; Woman has scars resembling cuttings or ritual marks; Woman possesses another.