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The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

A New York City 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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Jerry Miller
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Kyle Wilkerson ...
Yuri Pochenko
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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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Comedy | Romance

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

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7 February 1997 (USA)  »

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La niñera y el presidente  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,080,222, 9 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,486,880
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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When Joy is talking to her mom at the beginning while she eats ice cream, the position of her hands changes in between shots. See more »

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[Trying to talk Pochenko into shaving]
Joy Miller: OK, a lot of great men had mustaches. Hitler, Franco...
Boris Pochenko: Einstein!
Joy Miller: Oh, and that's who you wanna look like?
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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The J Waltz
by Jerry Graff
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Funny and entertaining
25 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

While I won't say that this is an excellent movie, I still like it for its irreverent sense of humor. The acting's pretty average, there seem to be so many plots going on at the same time, but it still makes for an entertaining and interesting watch, if only to see the Nanny in her first major big-screen role. She brings the trademark we know so well to the movie - her nasal voice and pre-occupation with the trivial stuff, but she also brings a kind of sensitivity we've never seen before in the Nanny series.

I quite like some of the scenes - how she teaches the kids what she knows (airline miles), the massage scene, the home-coming, and a lot of others that just seem to be made just for her.


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