The Beautician and the Beast

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Overview

Joy Miller Fran Drescher is a beautician who teaches an evening course in hairstyling at a Brooklyn community college. When a cigarette dropped on a wig leads to a fire, Joy saves the lab animals kept in the building and achieves 15 minutes of local notoriety. Grushinsky Ian McNeice, a representative of the leader of the small Eastern European nation of Slovetzia, is visiting the United States while looking for a tutor for the leader's three children. Thinking Joy teaches science apparently the Slovetzian ...
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Overview

Joy Miller Fran Drescher is a beautician who teaches an evening course in hairstyling at a Brooklyn community college. When a cigarette dropped on a wig leads to a fire, Joy saves the lab animals kept in the building and achieves 15 minutes of local notoriety. Grushinsky Ian McNeice, a representative of the leader of the small Eastern European nation of Slovetzia, is visiting the United States while looking for a tutor for the leader's three children. Thinking Joy teaches science apparently the Slovetzian government doesn't check the resumes of their teaching staff too closely, Grushinsky offers Joy the job, believing that it would be good PR to have a well-known American educator on hand. Joy takes the job and must now deal with Boris Pochenko Timothy Dalton, the grim and humorless tyrant who rules Slovetzia. Joy's low-brow fashion sense and broad nasal twang of a voice don't sit well with Boris at first, but the kids love her; in time, she teaches Boris to lighten up and enjoy himself, and romance begins to bloom between the unlikely couple. While Fran Drescher had a number of film roles before her TV series The Nanny, this was her first starring role following the show's success.
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Editorial Reviews

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Beautician and the Beast is the prototypical example of a style of romantic farce that thrived in the 1990s, even using two particularly well-worn scenarios: "opposites attract" and "outsider cons his/her way into real/metaphorical royalty." But even though the setup is unremarkably ordinary, it's executed with a certain competence, occasionally rising to the level of contagious. Bringing her Nanny shtick to the big screen, but minimizing the nasally laughter to become a more credible romantic lead, Fran Drescher is actually pretty charming, almost to the point you'd understand why a stolid Eastern European dictator would melt in her presence. Timothy Dalton, in a rare post-Bond big screen performance, is pretty good as that dictator, though his Russian accent isn't a significant improvement from that attempted by a hundred other actors. What keeps the movie from being a full-on guilty pleasure is the couple noticeable ways it's not particularly competent -- or, at the very least, deviates from the prototypical structure viewers are programmed to expect. For one, the fact that Drescher's makeup artist is mistaken for a legitimate teacher gets very little comic mileage. It never becomes either an actual source of tension in the script, or something she tries very hard to cover up. Another thing that doesn't sit so well is the representation of the fictitious nation of Slovetzia. It's small enough that the entire country seems to consist of one downtown area, and everyone seems to know everyone else, yet it's big enough to get a front-page news story in USA Today. Then again, another distinguishing characteristic about movies like Beautician and the Beast is that details like these aren't supposed to matter. For the most part, they don't. The movie also doesn't matter much, but it's not a total waste of time, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • UPC: 883316726914
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fran Drescher Joy Miller
Timothy Dalton Boris Pochenko
Ian McNeice Grushinsky
Patrick Malahide Kleist
Lisa Jakub Katrina
Michael Lerner Jerry Miller
Phyllis Newman Judy Miller
Technical Credits
Ken Kwapis Director
Sara Andrews Set Decoration/Design
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
Steve Cooper Art Director
Fran Drescher Executive Producer
Cliff Eidelman Songwriter
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Graff Producer, Screenwriter
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Craig Huston Asst. Director
Peter Marc Jacobson Executive Producer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Howard W. Koch Producer
Howard W. Koch Jr. Producer
Jon Poll Editor
Rusty Smith Production Designer
Barbara Tfank Costumes/Costume Designer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See Hit

    I am a huge fan of Fran Drescher so, I knew that this movie would be a must see hit and I was right. At first I was not sure if any thing was going to happen between Joy and Boris but it did. Although the truth does come out in the end that does not stop Boris from loving Joy. It just goes to show you that true love does prevail in the end. This movie is alot like The Nanny in some ways and not so much in others. If you liked or even loved the Nanny then this is a must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite funny!!

    Due to the movie my daughter and I originally went to see at the theatre being sold out we decided to see this movie instead. We enjoyed "The Nanny" but were a tad skeptic about a movie with Fran. We were both quite surprised! This movie was very entertaining, funny and Fran was quite the big screen actress! I bought the movie on tape as soon as it was released and do plan on buying the DVD. I have to agree with the previous reviews, there is no filth, no bad language and it is a true chick flick you can enjoy with the kids :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HILARIOUS!!!!

    I love this movie!!! And I love Fran Dresher!!! Every chance I get I watch it. I'm cracking up every time. I think I watched it about 50 times already, if not more. If you just want to have a good time, watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    This movie I got to say is my all time favorite it is a romance/comedy and its good for the children no cursing and no premaridal scenes that they show everyday on tv now I highly recomend this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    Quite Amusing

    Though this movie never gained much acclaim while in the theaters and after its release on video, I found it to be quite entertaining. It certainly isn't an Oscar contender, but it is intrinsically brilliant. Fran Drescher is irresistible as the beautician, and it surprisingly easy to love Mr. Porchenko as well (especially after he forsakes his moustache for the purpose of softening his image, courtesty of Joy). A must see for those who enjoy a romantic comedy that doesn't contain an abudance of ''mush.''

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