The Beautician and the Beast
The Beautician and the Beast is a somewhat amusing, if familiar, story. Fran
Drescher stars as Joy Miller, a New York City beauty school teacher, who, in a mixup, is
recruited to the the royal tutor for a tiny reforming Eastern Europe dictatorship,
Slovetzia. The President-for-Life of Slovetzia is Boris Pochenko (Timothy Dalton), a dour
man who makes Stalin look happy-go-lucky. Of course, there's no surprise
where the story goes from here. Boris and Joy hate each
other at first sight. But Joy's spontaneous ways soon enchant
the dictator's glum brood of children, and since opposites attract...
Fans of the Nanny will know what to expect from Drescher's character
(likewise, those who detest her shrill voice will find no refuge here).
Dalton's dictator on the other hand is all growls and barks. You don't find
very deep characterizations in the supporting players either. For the
most part, Pochenko's family are used primarily as props. But something must
click in The Beautician and the Beast, for as a overly-familiar movie with
stock characters and predictable situations, it is mildly entertaining. Not all,
but some of the jokes work, and the film leaves you smiling. Granted, this
film is not a monumental work of art, nor will it convert any Fran Drescher-haters
out there. But as a pleasant and slightly humorous diversion, it fits nicely.
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