14. The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
Director: Ken Kwapis
Stars: Fran Drescher, Timothy Dalton, Ian McNeice
Lame Love Song: "Isn't it Romantic," Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart
Love Conquers: The hardened heart of an Eastern European dictator
This film is often described as The King and I meets The Nanny, which is probably enough to get you bolting for the door. But, if you are a sucker for the age old "Eastern European dictator meets Long Island beautician" love story, this film just might be for you.
The film is universally reviled, but director Ken Kwapis seems to actually have given a shit. He partnered with a dialect coach to create "Slovetzian," the official language of the film's fictional country, Slovetzia. One could argue that perhaps Mr. Kwapis would have done well to focus less on making up a language and more on filmmaking, but in this instance we'll opt to hate on the game and not the player.