The Beautician and the Beast (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Cast

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 (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.

April 7, 2010 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2/4
USA Today
Top Critic

Dated '90s romcom has some stereotypes, innuendo.

April 15, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Common Sense Media

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

August 6, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

January 13, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
TheMovieReport.com

A charming surprise

December 16, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for The Beautician and the Beast

½

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

½

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

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