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Blow Dry (2001)

In 2000, a small town hosts The British Hairdressing Championship, where a former 2-time winner, his son, his run-away wife and his runaway wife's lady lover reside (not all on speaking terms).

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The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley, a town where Phil and son Brian run a barbershop, and where Phil's ex-wife Shelly and her lover Sandra run a beauty salon, yet Phil and Shelly haven't talked in the ten years since she bolted. Shelley's just found out her cancer is terminal, and Ray Roberts, the reigning underhanded hairdressing champion, blows into town taunting Phil for retreating from competitive styling into barbering. Roberts also brings his daughter, Christina, who remembers Brian from when she was a little kid (as does he her). Everything's set: Brian decides to enter the competition with his mom and Sandra. Will Phil join in? Ray wants to win at any costs. Will Christina go along? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An outrageous new comedy for anyone who's ever had hair. See more »

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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30 March 2001 (UK)  »

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Coup de peigne  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$240,166 (USA) (11 March 2001)

Gross:

$637,769 (USA) (8 April 2001)
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Trivia

Josh Hartnett was attracted to the project because it was the chance to do something he'd never tackled before. He found the Yorkshire accent particularly challenging. See more »

Goofs

When Tony is first being shown the flip board (bought from Leeds Train Station) that lists all of the salons, The Cut Above is listed among the other salons, even though they had not even registered to compete at that point. See more »

Quotes

Brian Allen: Tony, can anyone enter?
Tony: No. Professionals only.
Brian Allen: I am a professional!
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Connections

References Viva Las Vegas (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Esmeralda Suite)
Written by Sol Marcus / Bennie Benjamin / Gloria Caldwell / Raymond Donnez / Jean de Scarano / Nicolas Skorsky
Published by Carlin Music Corporation and Premiere Music Group SARL / Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd
Performed by Santa Esmeralda
Courtesy of 1977 Premiere Music Group
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Blown Away by Blow Dry
12 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A film about hairdressing championships could be disastrous,but a superb cast of fine British actors saved this film from Stinkville.The storyline is actually not bad,and the rivalry between Phil Allen (Alan Rickman) and Raymond Robertson (Bill Nighy) is humorous and entertaining.While this movie is amusing and light hearted it does focus on sadder issues like broken families,and terminal illness.Australian actress Rachel Griffiths gives a fine performance and perfects a British accent for her role as Sandra,who is romantically involved with Shelley (Natasha Richardson)who lives in fear that the truth about her illness will ruin their relationship.Young stars Josh Hartnett and the very adorable Rachael Leigh Cook are pleasant contributions to the film,with their brother-sister chemistry and secret adoration for one another.Heidi Klum also makes a special appearance,and sports some outrageous hairdos and costumes.Blow Dry was a film that should've,could've and would've been disappointing,but for some reason,wasn't.


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