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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Sandra: [singing, as Marilyn Monroe] A kiss on the lips could be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl's best -
Phil Allen: What the hell happened to you?
Sandra: The total look - Marilyn Monroe.
Phil Allen: Well, I didn't think you were the milkman.
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References Amadeus (1984) See more »


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Hair Today . . .
23 August 2005 | by (Portland, Maine) – See all my reviews

Despite a lot of Big Hair, this is not a big movie. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable romp, with some affecting performances. There is nothing revelatory or even unpredictable about the story, but it works nicely and certainly entertains. The film does have a few rich moments, but seems mostly a vehicle for a group of talented actors (and it is a highly pedigreed bunch here) to take decent material and put out a fun and sometimes very moving film.

While it may drag a little in the center, don't give up watching for the finale and Rachel Griffiths "total look" finish that is about as outrageous and breathtaking a "total look" as one can possibly imagine. The normally brilliant Alan Rickman here sometimes feels just a little bit on autopilot, American Josh Hartnett is vastly underused, but surprisingly effective in an important role and Natasha Richardson, as ever, positively glows on the screen and raises the emotional and dramatic stakes to a level that makes the whole affair worthwhile.

Not great? Perhaps, but an immensely enjoyable little movie.

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