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The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  7 February 1997 (USA)
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A New York cosmetologist mistakenly thought to be a science teacher is offered a job to teach the children of an Eastern European dictator.

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Ira Grushinsky
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Leonid Kleist
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Katrina Pochenko
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A beautician in America is mistakenly thought to be an academic teacher by a representative of an Eastern European dictator. She is invited to their country on that mistaken belief and is asked to be the tutor of the dictator's children. While there, she tries to Westernize the whole country. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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7 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La niñera y el presidente  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,080,222 (USA) (7 February 1997)

Gross:

$11,454,593 (USA) (9 May 1997)
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Most signs in the movie are written in Czech, albeit nonsensically and mostly without the proper diacritics. The banner at the secret resistance meeting says "to unite correct"; the warning signs in the factory read "Danger: Steam"; and the scribbles on the newspaper mean "From our readers' letters". The labor decree that Pochenko draws up is only seen for a split second in one shot, but part of it says "further site updates are hereby postponed". See more »

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When Joy returns home, enters through the front door and closes it, she only latches the chain. However, when her mother shortly thereafter opens the front door she has to first unlock all of the deadbolts. See more »

Quotes

Joy Miller: Put on your sunblock because it's rays today, raisins tomorrow.
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Version of The King and I (1956) See more »

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Hug My Soul
by Sarah Cracknell, Jonathan Male & Guy Batson
Performed by Saint Etienne
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of SINE/Creation Records/Heavenly Recordings
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Fran Drescher Shines Like Daylight in an Otherwise Clichéd Rom-Com
13 February 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'The Beautician and the Beast' follows the line of the immensely 'The Sound of Music' and Drescher's own popular sitcom 'The Nanny'. It has the usual mushiness and fluffiness that other American rom-coms have (although this one is set in Eastern Europe) and it's accompanied by a nice soundtrack. However, what really sets this one apart is the delightfully funny Fran Drescher. Her character is no different from her unique persona as Nanny's Fran Fine but even so, her wit, charisma and comic timing are perfect. Those who find her annoying in 'The Nanny' would most likely hate this movie but for me, this actress makes it somewhat likable. Timothy Dalton as the beautician (just kidding) is quite adequate (his fake accent is hilarious) and both actors share a good chemistry. The rest are just okay, mostly gap fillers. There is nothing path-breaking about this movie but if one is a fan of Ms. Drescher then why not give this a try if you've got nothing else to lose?


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