There are only so many story ideas. It can appear to be easy to combine two different stories and hope that the mingling of these two distinct stories will work well together. But appearances are sometimes deceiving.
Taking a break from her television role, Fran Drescher starred with Timothy Dalton in 1997’s Beautician And The Beast.
Combining Beauty And The Beast and The King and I, Joy Miller (Drescher) is a New York City Cosmetologist who is thought to be a teacher. She is hired to teach the children of Boris Pochenko (Dalton), the dictator of an Eastern European country. Her way of educating her students soon reach the ears of not just their father, but the whole country.
The reality of this movie is that Fran Drescher did not step too far from the shadow of Fran Fine when she agreed to play Joy Miller. Timothy Dalton is an incredible actor who happens to be also incredibly easy on the eyes, but the man who played James Bond, Heathcliff and Edward Rochester is not the man who is on screen for this movie. In short, he is wasted as an actor.
Were the critics wrong? No.