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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
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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?


Early in development, Fran Drescher planned the movie to be a spin on The King and I (1956), titled "The King And Oy" but legislatively faced the problem that FOX owned the rights. Therefore, she decided to pay homage to Beauty and the Beast (1991) instead. See more »


When Joy is in the courtyard talking to Katrina after the frequent flier miles lesson, the position Joy holds the ruler in her hands changes in between shots. See more »


Grushinsky: Oh, you Americans and your positive thinking. There are some situations that a big toothed person cannot get you out of.
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Version of The King and I (1956) See more »


by Lesley Rankine & Mark Walk
Performed by Ruby
Courtesy of Creation Records Limited/Sony International Network Europe/The WORK Group
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I love it !
15 August 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I don't care if Timothy Dalton has a shitty accent in this movie. I don't care if Fran Drescher has a nasal voice. So what that Slovetzia doesn't exist, and the bad people are dark, gloomy western stereotypes of former eastern regimes. I don't care, as long as I enjoy watching it. I totally adore this movie. It leaves me with a giggle and a big smile on my face, and movies that do that make just as much sense to me as Schindler's List, if I'm in the mood to watch that kind of movie. I love a movie, where I can put my brain on stand by and just enjoy it. I've just received the movie today, and I know, that tonight will be chips and dip night in front of the TV. Just can't wait to watch it again. A big 10 from me for the entertainment value.

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