The Beautician and the Beast


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 New York beautician Joy Adams to educate his children. Believing she was hired to beautify the dictator and his family, Joy soon causes colorful chaos in the dictator's gloomy palace.

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Critic Reviews for The Beautician and the Beast

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

A wildly uneven story.

Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 7, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

Dated '90s romcom has some stereotypes, innuendo.

Apr 15, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Cheesy, multi-accented culture-clash comedy that's seldom funny

Aug 6, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

As hokey and banal as a sitcom, with predictable culture-clash gags and fairly flat one-liners.

Jan 13, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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
Dead Angel

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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
Dean McKenna

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

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I repent the day I ever saw this.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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