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.
PG (adult situations)
Comedy , Romance
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Paramount Home Video

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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
Tonya Watts
as Model
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
Todd Graff
as Denny
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
Leon Silver
as Vaclav
Dana Bednarova
as Svetlana
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

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.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Dated '90s romcom has some stereotypes, innuendo.

Full Review… | April 15, 2015
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | August 6, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 13, 2004

A charming surprise

December 16, 2003
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


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

jay nixon
jay nixon

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