Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
Starring: Fran Drescher, Timothy Dalton, Lisa Jakub, Michael Lerner, Patrick Malahide, Ian McNiece, Phyllis Newman, Heather Deloach, Adam LaVorgna / Director: Ken Kwapis / Released by: Paramount Pictures
In general, “The Beautician and the Beast” is an enjoyable comedy. A light-hearted love story with some interesting twists provide somewhat decent entertainment that may only slightly offend Christians due to mild language and sensuality. This film will probably make you laugh.
The beautician of the story is Joy Miller (FRAN DRESCHER) who leads a boring life in New York City. The beast is Boris Pochenko (Timothy Dalton) who is the iron fisted dictator of “Slovetzia,” a formerly Communist eastern European nation. As Pochenko tries to democratize Slovetzia, his aide, Grushinsky (IAN McNEICE), is sent to the USA to find an English-speaking tutor (teacher) for his three children. Joy Miller is recruited for the job after her picture appears in the newspaper—the result of a fire at the beautician academy where she teaches night classes!
As we are told, Beauty comes from within. Hence is the Biblical lesson that can be gleaned from this movie. And it takes change from within for Pochenko to make solid progress. There are many funny scenes and twists to keep you guessing, and laughing!
A love/hate relationship develops between Joy and Boris. Also, Boris' teenage daughter Katrina (LISA JAKUB) is pursuing a local, young man, who happens to be one of many who are against Pochenko’s harsh rule. Also, Boris' son Karl (ADAM LaVORGNA) thinks that he can “have” Joy since he will one day be ruler. These and many other twists and turns make the movie’s pace enjoyable as Joy turns the people of Slovetzia on their ears.
For teenagers up, this movie will provide funny entertainment. Parents concerned about their young adult’s morals and choices could benefit by watching and discussing this movie together. There are some great opportunities to point out how choices come with consequences.