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The Beautician and the Beast (1997)



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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
Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Graff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2003
Paramount Home Video


Fran Drescher
as Joy Miller
Timothy Dalton
as Boris Pochenko
Ian McNeice
as Grushinsky
Lisa Jakub
as Katrina
Michael Lerner
as Jerry Miller
Phyllis Newman
as Judy Miller
Michael Immel
as Stage Manager
Tamara Mello
as Consuela
Billy Brown
as Fireman
Jorge Noa
as Photographer
Clyde Wrenn
as Student
Earl Carroll
as Factory Worker
R. Sparkle Stillman
as Cousin Doris
Ed Cambridge
as Elderly Man
David Shackelford
as Kitchen Worker
Michael Horton
as Fairy-tale Prince
Jane Jenkins
as Neighbor at Party
Zdenek Vencl
as Czech Guard
Vaclav Legner
as Czech Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Beautician and the Beast

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Listening to Fran Drescher's nasal squawk for an entire movie is the price you'll pay to see The Beautician and the Beast. Imagine having your ear canal scoured with Brillo. Only more abrasive.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Detroit News
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 7, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


If you like Fran you'll like this if not stay away.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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