Picks and Pans Review: The Beautician and the Beast

UPDATED 02/17/1997 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/17/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

Fran Drescher, Timothy Dalton

As Fran Drescher herself has been known to say, "Oy." Borrowing heavily from her endearingly vulgar character on CBS's The Nanny, Drescher plays a nice, if excessively coiffed, girl from Queens, N.Y., in this lame romantic comedy. She finds love when she relocates to Slovetzia, a tiny, fictional Eastern European country, where she has been hired to tutor the offspring of the nation's stern, autocratic president (Dalton, under the misimpression that he's the star here). Just think of Drescher as Maria and Dalton as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, or her as Anna and him as the King in The King and I, throw in a pinch of Evita, and you know exactly where the film is going, right down to Drescher's creating a play-dress out of some Ralph Lauren sheets for one of Dalton's daughters. Maybe adding the missing Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes would have helped. (PG)

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