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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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Jerry Miller
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Judy Miller
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Yuri Pochenko
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Yuri Pochenko
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Alek
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Consuela
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$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 is in the kitchen trying to scare the chicken to death, the chicken changes places repeatedly in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Joy Miller: Come on, we can make our own sandwich.
Boris Pochenko: I don't know where anything is in this kitchen.
Joy Miller: Oh come on, I can find food at Ghandi's house. What're you kidding me?
Boris Pochenko: You should try running a country for a day. It's not all making war and smashing dissidents, you know. It's hard work.
Joy Miller: I'm sure it is.
Boris Pochenko: Where is some...
Joy Miller: What?
Boris Pochenko: Mayonnaise?
Joy Miller: We finished it.
Boris Pochenko: Oh.
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by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) & Pierre Degeyter
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What's Not To Like????!!!!?????
23 July 2001 | by (Easton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

First of all, I'll let everyone know that I gave this movie (worthy of a 7) a 10 just because the overall rating deserves to be A LOT higher than it is! Secondly, everyone who gave this movie a bad rating needs to stop rating movies altogether. What's not to like about this movie that is charming, cute, innocent, and funny?? Fran Drescher may have been type-casted right off the Nanny, but who cares!!???!! What did you expect her to act like in the film!?! Were you expecting an oscar worthy performance!!!??? Did you think she was the next Gwyneth Paltrow, or Julianne Moore??? If you saw the previews and have half a brain, you would have known exactly what to expect. I had no expectations for this movie (nor should anyone have) besides a good laugh. And that's exactly what it delivers. Fran is absolutely perfect for the role of Joy Miller and she is even more charming and funny in this movie than Sandra Bullock is in Miss Congeniality (another great movie by all accounts, and I'm not downing the always fantastic Sandra). You people need to STOP ANALYZING MOVIES FOR WHAT THEY'RE NOT AND LEARN TO ENJOY THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE!!!!!!!!


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