Blow Dry (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  30 March 2001 (UK)
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The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley, a town where Phil, and son, Brian, run a barbershop and Phil's ex-wife, Shelly, and her lover, Sandra, run a beauty salon. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Allen
Christina Robertson
Brian Allen
Ray (Raymond) Robertson
Ann Rye ...
Margaret, Farmer's Wife


The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley, a town where Phil, and son, Brian, run a barbershop and Phil's ex-wife, Shelly, and her lover, Sandra, run a beauty salon. Phil and Shelly haven't talked in ten years, since she bolted; she's just found out her cancer is terminal; and Ray Roberts, the reigning 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. Everything's set: Brian decides to enter the competition with his mom and Sandra; will Phil join in? Ray wants to win at any cost; will Christina go along? Written by <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

30 March 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Coup de peigne  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$240,166 (USA) (9 March 2001)


$637,769 (USA) (6 April 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point in the movie, Ray tells Christina that she isn't in Minneapolis anymore. Rachael Leigh Cook, who plays Christina, is a native of Minneapolis. See more »


Brian says that hair keeps on growing after you die. This is an urban legend that is not true, of which a cadaver barber ought to be well aware. See more »


Daisy: I don't have many tomorrows.
Shelley Allen: In case you've forgotten, neither do I, you selfish old bat!
Daisy: That's the spirit.
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References Chacun pour toi (1994) See more »


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the ladies steal the show
7 March 2005 | by (Manchester) – See all my reviews

So it's a comedy about hairdressing. In truth, the hairdressing provides little more than colour commentary (pun intended), because it's the relationships that take first stage, and they take it really well. Alan Rickman is good, sincere and has depth, Josh Hartnett has an okay delivery ruined by his trying-too-hard faux Yorkshire accent, and Bill Nighy is Bill Nighy, you'll always get a few laughs from him, but the real stars are Rachel Griffiths and Natasha Richardson. Griffiths, in particular, is splendid, going from funny to poignantly hurt to deep, deep love without skipping a beat. Richardson also makes a strong impression, and you can feel the pain in her as the film goes. Oh well... It's a fun film, but it's also a good film.

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