The Beautician and the Beast
The Beautician and the Beast ★★ 1997 (PG)
Evita meets Lucille Ball when TV's “Nanny” enters Eastern Europe whining to conquer fictional “Slovetzia” royalty. Camp comedy casts Drescher as Joy, a beautician who becomes a local hero after a fire in her beauty class and is subsequently hired by a visiting emissary to tutor the children of despotic dictator Pochenko (Dalton). Overridingly well-known caricatures, loosely based on the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as a host of old-time, culture clash movies (“The King and I,” “Sound of Music”), where the humble nanny attempts to bring joy (get it?) into the life of a man who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Lensed in Prague inside a Gothic, 17th-century castle. Pleasant enough, if not original, timekiller. 105m/C VHS, DVD . Fran Drescher, Timothy Dalton, Ian McNeice, Patrick Malahide, Lisa Jakub, Michael Lerner, Phyllis Newman; D: Ken Kwapis; W: Todd Graff; C: Peter Lyons Collister; M: Cliff Eidelman.