The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ira Grushinsky
Leonid Kleist
Katrina Pochenko
Jerry Miller
Phyllis Newman ...
Judy Miller
Kyle Wilkerson ...
Yuri Pochenko
Tyler Wilkerson ...
Yuri 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 <>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La niñera y el presidente  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$11,454,593 (USA) (9 May 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fran Drescher took voice lessons to alter the nasal quality of her voice for the part of Joy Miller. When she arrived on set using her new "normal" voice, producers insisted that she revert to her natural trademark one, as it was one of the reasons she was asked to play the part. See more »


When Joy is massaging the president, the cloth around his face keeps disappearing and reappearing between shots. See more »


Joy Miller: Put on your sunblock because it's rays today, raisins tomorrow.
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Spoofs The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Hungarian Sundance
by Friedrich Sehl
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22 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theater on a hunch and it was a really cute film. The premise is very similar to Fran's "Nanny" role (although in this case, she's the "tutor"). It's clean, the laughs are consistent, and it's a great family film. I'm not saying the film certified for Oscar, but kids would love it.

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