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“The Beautician and the Beast” Podcast Movie Review

Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton in The Beautician and the Beast

The Beautician and the Beast (1997; Ken Kwapis) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 42

“Talk to the hand!”

Long-suffering Slovitzian factory worker Daniel Barnes and “classy European” Corky McDonnell return to Sac City Brews to record their review of Ken Kwapis’ maliciously PG rom-com The Beautician and the Beast.

The film stars Fran Drescher, who rehashes her The Nanny shtick to play spunky beautician Joy Miller.  Through a mistaken identity scenario too stupid to contemplate, Joy gets whisked to an Eastern European hellhole called Slovitzia.

There, Joy inexplicably falls for the country’s blood-stained fascist dictator, a grumpy Gus played by Timothy Dalton.  Unfortunately, Drescher and Dalton fail to achieve even a Jim Belushi/Courtney Thorne-Smith level of onscreen chemistry.

Drescher does her best, and she’s very likable and charming, whatever her dramatic limitations.  However, the script is complete garbage, the direction stinks, and Dalton is still a chin in search of a personality.  The film has all the energy of a table read without any of the energy of a table read.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss Eugene V. Debs-utantes, Fen-Phen fajitas, dungeon etiquette and Not Udo Kier.


U.S. theatrical release date: February 7, 1997

Domestic box office: $11.5 million (production budget: $16 million)

Critic scores: 19 on Rotten Tomatoes

This week’s craft beer: Calicraft Brewing’s Oak Town Brown (6.7% ABV)

This week’s Darer: Courtney Rounds (with an assist from Ryan Terry)

Why did Courtney dare Daniel and Corky to watch The Beautician and the Beast“Because it is amazing and I want someone to discuss it so I can either shake my head in agreement or my fist in anger. Also, SPOON MASSAGE.”

IMDB synopsis: “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.”

This week’s referenced movies: Sesame Street Presents: Follow That BirdThe Beauty and the BeastThe King and IHeartbeepsSleeping BeautySnow White and the Seven DwarfsThe Towering Inferno; the Spider-Man franchise; Top Secret!The Sound of MusicShining ThroughTransylmaniaRevolutionRenaissance ManThe Dark TowerKing Arthur: The Legend of the SwordWest Side StoryEvitaNorma RaeLock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsMy Fair LadyGreedShoahPretty WomanMac and MeThe Dark Knight Rises

Ratings for The Beautician and the Beast: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Dare


Original theatrical trailer for The Beautician and the Beast

Making sandwiches at midnight

The final scene

“Souvenirs, novelties, party tricks”

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