Synopsis: A beautician in America is mistakenly thought to be an academic teacher by a representative of an Eastern European dictator. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Soon, she is able to see the good man behind the mask. The Beautician and the Beast was a box-office bomb, grossing roughly $11.5 million against a production budget of $16 million. The trajectory of this story is clear from its title. Following Boris' decision to keep Alek in jail, Joy informs him that she had set up meetings between Alek and Katrina; he argues with Joy over her meddling in Slovetzia's political affairs. Based on Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson's real experiences. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Fran Drescher hosts a dinner at her house to welcome back the Nanny cast where they watch clips, outtakes and home movies from the show and reminisce about the series run. [10], Timothy Dalton was announced as part of the cast in July 1996. The film deals with the theme of cultural differences, and takes inspiration from other stories like Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, Evita, and The Sound of Music. The Beautician and the Beast is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton as the title characters. Introduction. [15] The Beautician and the Beast was completed on a budget of $16 million. While there, she tries to Westernize the whole country. She escorts her class and some caged animals to safety, prompting the New York Post to run a headline praising Joy as a hero. [28] In a negative review of the script, the Chicago Tribune's Gene Siskel wished that the film was smarter with its parody of The Sound of Music. One of her students accidentally sets the classroom ablaze by igniting hair spray with a cigarette. Club's Will Harris classified The Beautician and the Beast as one of Dalton's lighter and more comedic projects. She also arranges a secret meeting between Katrina and Alek in his cell. Produced by Drescher's company High School Sweethearts in partnership with Paramount Pictures, The Beautician and the Beast was her first starring role in a film. "[2] Regarding audience expectations, director Ken Kwapis said Drescher "has had to overcome a lot of skepticism about her voice, her abilities, [and] the specificity of her comedy". Over the course of several weeks, Leonid quietly takes over administrative duties and signs death sentences in Boris' name. [27] Katrina's relationship with Alek was likened to Juliet's romance with Romeo in the play Romeo and Juliet,[28][29] while the opening animation was seen as a parody of the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. Title: Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality, Phyllis Newman Dies: Tony-Winning Broadway Legend Was 86, Inventory: Hey, these bread crumbs are crack rocks: 9 subversive fairy-tale movies, Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in October. While there, she tries to Westernize the whole country. The beautician and the beast (USA, 1997) is the story of a dictatorial president (Timothy Dalton) of a tiny fictitious Eastern European country ("Slovetzia", between Slovakia and Ukraine) having invited an American beautician (Fran Drescher) as teacher for his children. 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Joy and Katrina go to a nightclub which also operates as a base for those planning the rebellion; Prime Minister Leonid Kleist follows the pair and arrests Alek. [23] Commentators felt Joy was just a copy of Fran Fine, Drescher's character on The Nanny,[27][52] and believed the film was a poor example of the romantic comedy genre. [16][53] The San Diego Reader's Duncan Shepherd dismissed The Beautician and the Beast as an "inverted and cut-rate Ninotchka". There's some dated content, including lots of characters shown smoking and some cringe-worthy stereotypes of Eastern Europeans that may be concerning to some parents. 3:01. Drescher chose Todd Graff to write the screenplay because of his familiarity with her style of humor. [1][41][42] The Beautician and the Beast was made available for purchase on Prime Video;[19] it was also released on streaming services Netflix, between April 2015 and October 2015,[43][44] and HBO Max upon its launch in 2020. It stars Fran Drescher as a New York City beautician who is hired, under the false assumption she is a science teacher, to tutor the four children of a dictator, played by Timothy Dalton, of … Hey, like many people, I happen to like "The Nanny". [40] Drescher provided audio commentary for the DVD version, which was released on June 24, 2003. Beauty and the Beast Movie Spoofs. This FAQ is empty. [1][16][47] Although he praised Drescher's charm, critic Roger Ebert said audiences were unable to empathize with her character since "we never feel she's really uncertain, insecure or vulnerable". 4 of 4 people found this review helpful. [39], The VHS release debuted at number 38 on the Billboard Top Video Sales chart on March 21, 1998. She quits and returns to New York City. The Washington Post's Rita Kempley praised Dalton for his campy style,[59] and the Deseret News' Jeff Vice wrote that he had "well-chosen facial expressions and some subtle nuances". Image dimensions: 800 x 1189. [5] Praising the film for having the "postwar naivete" of 1950s film, the Chicago Tribune's John Petrakis wrote that Drescher's style, specifically her "big hair, thick makeup, loud clothes and bizarre voice", was reminiscent of Judy Holliday. [29] MTV News' Eric Snider criticized the plot for lacking humor and character development. 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. [58], Critics also had mixed reviews for Dalton's performance. Category page. [35] Emanuel Levy believed the film was intended for "the Valentine's Day dating crowd". [2] Kwapis said that Dalton had "a lot of charm and a very gentle tone". Beauty and the Lion (1991) Beauty and the Shark (1991) Beauty and the Duck; Beauty and the Mufasa (Disneystyle8 Style) Beauty & The Mammoth; He's an old school dictator and a disciplinarian as a father; however, she eventually captures his heart and gets him to change his ways. [24] Levy interpreted The Beautician and the Beast as a "musical without songs". Directed by Ken Kwapis. Its 19 songs feature the London Metropolitan Orchestra. [2] While producing the film, Drescher only wanted a script that was "written properly for [her]". Emanuel Levy praised Drescher as "a warm, funny and likable performer", although he believed she was too old to play an ingénue. The scene shifts to beautician Joy Miller, who teaches at a New York City beauty school. She is invited to their country on that mistaken belief and is asked to be the tutor of the dictator's children. [52], 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Ken Kwapis, "Actress Fits "High Maintenance" Profile", "Film review: Beautician and the Beast, The", "Drescher hopes to show she's more than a 'Nanny, "Timothy Dalton on Penny Dreadful, serenading Mae West, and being James Bond", "Fran, keep your day job Review: It's a stretch, but 'Beautician and the Beast' does offer a measure of mirth. [18] In a review for the Los Angeles Times, John Anderson enjoyed Dalton's comedic acting, but wrote that "everyone ... comes off as stiff next to Drescher". It has the same kind of humour as the television show, plus a good deal of gentle ribbing of Slavic countries and dictatorships. The Beautician And The Beast. A beautician in America is mistakenly thought to be an academic teacher by a representative of an Eastern European dictator. Think of Maria and Capt von Trapp. [7] Roger Birnbaum and Peter Marc Jacobson were also executive producers for the film, and Howard W. Koch, Jr. was a producer alongside Graff. [12] The A.V. She learns about Katrina's relationship with Alek, the leader of the youth rebellion, and encourages Karl to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. Beauty and the Beast (1991) VS Beauty and the Beast (2017) - Movie Feuds ep184. [5][6] The writer Todd Graff was attached to The Beautician and the Beast during its pitch; Drescher chose him since they had a similar sense of humor and he was already "familiar with her voice and what type of dialogue suits her best". Beauty and the Beast is an American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. She develops feelings for the Beast and begins to see the humanity within him. [49], Reviewers criticized the film as too similar to a sitcom,[18][27][50] including The New York Times' Stephen Holden who said Kwapis and Graff did not elevate the material enough to justify a theatrical release. [46], The Beautician and the Beast received primarily negative response. [17] The film's final cut is 107 minutes long. Beauty and the Beast is the thirtieth full-length animated feature film in the Disney Animated Canon and the third film in the Disney Renaissance. A lot of people like this show.) I watched the film on TV in Croatia, so I don't think they mind.I see this movie is rated rather poorly here on IMDb.com. 'Beauty and the Beast' wins Movie of the Year at MTV Movie & TV Awards Beauty and the Beast wins Movie of the Year at 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Read More [54] However, in the same year, Lauren Le Vine for the same publication considered the film a classic, and praised the chemistry between Drescher and Dalton as an "awkward friction". [57] Maitland McDonagh considered Dalton too serious, however, believing he cast "a damper on the strenuously lighthearted goings-on". 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