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The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joy Miller
... Boris Pochenko
... Ira Grushinsky
... Leonid Kleist
... Katrina Pochenko
... Jerry Miller
Phyllis Newman ... Judy Miller
... Masha Pochenko
... Karl Pochenko
Kyle Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko
Tyler Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko
... Alek
... Stage Manager
... Model
... Consuela


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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Once upon a time...


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 USA:

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

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just like Fran Drescher's other hit, The Nanny (1993), this movie also uses her real name. In The Nanny (1993), they used the more commonly known label, Fran, and in this movie, they use her second name, Joy. See more »


As Joy stops to take one last look at Pochenko before briskly leaving the party, a couple waltzes in front of her. Though not seen in the shot, it may be concluded by Joy's fast turn and angle that she either caught arms with the waltzers or stumbled into them as she turns to leave. See more »


Boris Pochenko: I know where we are.
Joy Miller: Well, where are we?
Boris Pochenko: We're in the woods.
Joy Miller: I knew it. Why can't you just ask one of them for directions?
Boris Pochenko: NO!
Joy Miller: Please! Asking for directions is not the first step to a two-party system.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


Hungarian Sundance
by Friedrich Sehl
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I love it !
15 August 2006 | by 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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