Everything you hated about Twilight — the bad dialogue, the sappy scenarios and drippy characters, the eye-rolling politics — is made right in Beautiful Creatures. This flick is a supernatural high school romance full of teenagers who talk like real human beings and make decisions that aren't entirely stupid. And yet it's still a terrific, fun flight of fancy about witches, ghosts of the Civil War, and a small southern town where church ladies fight librarians for the souls of the young. This is the movie you never expected to like — but you probably will.
The comparisons between Beautiful Creatures and Twilight are inevitable — not least because the books they're based on were written after the authors' teenage kids challenged them to write a cool supernatural book about high school that didn't include stupid sparkly vampires. It turned out that they could. Under the critical guidance of several teenagers, they produced a series about a young man, Ethan, whose entire life changes when the angry witch Lena comes to his tiny southern town and matriculates into high school.