The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
A series of merry mix-ups result when the beastly dictator of the formerly communist Slovetzia hires a New York beautician to educate his children. Romantic and comical, the story begins shortly after cosmetology instructor Joy Adams (Fran Drescher) accidentally burns down her classroom. After saving all of her students and the animals they work on, Adams becomes a local celebrity and this catches the eye of Grushinsky (Ian McNeice) the Slovetzian emissary. Believing her to be an unequalled academician, he hires Joy to tutor the children of the ruthlessly handsome tyrant Pochenko (Timothy Dalton). Brash and kitschy with a voice reminiscent of a goose with a head cold, Joy, who believes she was hired to beautify the dictator and his minions, soon causes colorful chaos in the Pochenko's gloomy palace. In the midst of all the cultural clashing, a love affair slowly blossoms. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Beautician and the Beast
Manages to be sweet and likable, largely because Kwapis directs the actors well and treats the sub-Lubitsch material as if he actually believed in it.
As hokey and banal as a sitcom, with predictable culture-clash gags and fairly flat one-liners.
A charming surprise
Standard feature-length sitcom material. For Drescher fans only.
Audience Reviews for The Beautician and the Beast
The intro was hilarious. Fran Drescher was and still awesome in her own way. Many people might not like her voice but I even enjoy that! I loved The Nanny but couldn't love this in that way. It was okay. Got some funny moments into it but not that hilarious.More
Good giggle-producing combination of The Sound of Music and every fairy tale cliche pairs a tyrant (Timothy Dalton) with a New Yorker (Fran Drescher), and he doesn't stand a chance. The two are in each other's face so often that romance inevitable blooms. Royal pageantry is a visual bonus.More
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