Finnish musical drama “Beauty and the Bastard,” about opposites attracting, is plagued by its own internal conflicts. Strong in verbal content but romantically naive, the film seems destined to have trouble finding its targeted teen viewers. Best bet for this hip-hop Romeo and Juliet is an American remake, which, wouldn’t seem out of the question given its familiar musical genres and dramatic motifs, and roles that would appeal to tyro Hollywood stars.
Nelli (Pamela Tola, frosty), a talented, privileged brat looking to be the next Beyonce meets Sune (Samuli Vauramo), a promising but uncompromising rap DJ in the offices of a major record companyBut the characters are not sympathetic enough to drive a love story; when opportunity knocks, their instincts are to climb over each other to answer.Dishearteningly, Sune who at first resists the siren song of commercialism eventually comes ’round to Nelli’s point of view. Compromise, after all, is what love is all about. Tech credits are unremarkable.