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BEAUTICIAN AND THE BEAST, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Joy Miller
, a New York beautician with high aspirations, is offered the job of tutoring the children of Boris, President of Slovetzia, when she is hailed a hero after a fire during a beauty culture lesson. The only trouble is her new boss thinks he’s hired an exemplary academic, while she thinks he’s employed a beautician. Cultures, traditions and heartstrings collide, when Boris and Joy meet.

"Fran Drescher is an original. Her warmth and charm, coupled with her well known nasal, New York Jewish accent trademark are all part and parcel of her character, a sassy and zany beautician who wears lollypop clothes, lots of make-up and talks non-stop. This is a lightweight romantic comedy with a flimsy, improbable plot that surprises by delivering more than expected by way of exuberance and movie magic. Presented as a fable B&B doesn’t take itself too seriously, but sprinkles some enchantment and magic along the way. The casting of Timothy Dalton as the beastly dictator is rock solid, and Dalton and Drescher compliment each other beautifully. The film flippantly looks at the differences between men and women, and shows how things can be learned from the most unexpected and unlikely places. The script could be wittier, although there are some memorable fun lines. "She needs an ‘edit’ button….Call an ambulance, she doesn’t know what to say…" A great supporting cast, with a memorable, fresh performance from Lisa Jakub (Mrs Doubtfire) as Dalton’s elder daughter. Cliff Eidelmann’s romantic lyrical score is a sheer delight, with catchy melodic phrases that repeat in the mind, beautifully played by the London Metropolitan Orchestra."
Louise Keller

"Fans of Drescher's TV sitcom The Nanny will find plenty to smile about in this daffy re-working of The King and I. In fact, there's not a single original idea in this aimless but entertaining comedy. Films about autocrats whose hearts are melted by the newcomer who speaks her mind have been done to death, yet this film's fairy tale innocence, charm and Drescher, help make it more genuinely amusing than one might otherwise think. Even Dalton, scruffy and boisterous but ultimately human, comes off pretty well here, and the chemistry between the pair seems genuine. Nicely shot in the Czech Republic, Beautician and the Beast is a very humble big screen piece for TV's raucous Nanny, but it has enough charm and warmth so that its flaws seem unnoticeable - for the most part."
Paul Fischer

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"Fran Drescher is an original"


"Dalton, scruffy & boisterous but ultimately human, comes off pretty well"


"Dalton and Drescher compliment each other beautifully"

THE BEAUTICIAN AND THE BEAST
(US)

CAST: Fran Drescher, Timothy Dalton, Ian McNeice, Patrick Malahide, Lisa Jakub, Michael Lerner, Phyllis Newman

DIRECTOR: Ken Kwapis

PRODUCER: Howard W. (Hawk) Koch Jr, Todd Graff

SCRIPT: Todd Graff

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Lyons Collister

EDITOR: Jon Poll

MUSIC: Cliff Eidelman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rusty Smith

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 26, 1997

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: January 20, 1998







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