A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family should always accept you. You're fabulous regardless of size. Stereotypes of Eastern Europeans as being uneducated and backward are central to the plot.
Positive Role Models
Joy teaches Masha to accept herself, no matter her size, and shows President Pachenko how to be a kinder person.
Violence & Scariness
A building is accidentally lit on fire, a character is put in prison for his political views, and an underground group of rebels talks about fire-bombing a building.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Quite a bit of innuendo, including a joke about Katrina being desperate to have sex (which she confused with dating), multiple passionate kisses, talk about adult relationships, and numerous references to American women being promiscuous. Joy appears in a bra and President Pachenko without a shirt.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of characters smoke, including one who accidentally lights a wig on fire with a cigarette. Empty beer bottles are shown at a club.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in '90s romcom The Beautician and the Beast, Fran Drescher, star of the sitcom The Nanny, plays a beauty-school teacher who becomes a tutor. There's some dated content, including lots of characters shown smoking and some cringe-worthy stereotypes of Eastern Europeans that may be concerning to some parents. There's also a lot of innuendo, including jokes about sex and promiscuity, a few passionate kisses, talk of romance and adult relationships, and one comic scene of misunderstanding that shows two characters in a state of semi-undress. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of silly romcoms or of the show The Nanny may find a lot to like about this cheesy but sometimes funny flick. It's very cliché and predictable, with terrible stereotypes and even worse accents, but its characters do have a lot of heart. Still, if you find Fran Drescher an acquired taste, this is one romance you can safely skip. Drescher plays basically the same character as she did on the The Nanny: a working-class loudmouth whom you can't help but love -- unless, of course, you really can't stand her.
Tweens may enjoy the silly jokes and light romance, though parents may cringe a bit at the innuendo and dated content. But with so many romcom gems that came out in the '90s, this isn't one to rush out and watch.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.