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Blow Dry (2001)

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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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Cast

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Shelley Allen
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Sandra
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Christina Robertson
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Brian Allen
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Ray (Raymond) Robertson
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Tony
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Margaret, Farmer's Wife (as Anne Rye)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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) (9 March 2001)

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

While the male audience members are lined up taking discs for the Men's Freestyle, it is first shown that the real model for Raymond's Hair Studio is number two in line right behind Hair Montage's volunteer. The camera cuts away from the line and we hear seven more models being called (including Raymond's "plant" who goes to the Style Warriors) before this man is called and directed to Raymond's Hair Studio. See more »

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Phil Allen: Detroit, 1982. World Styling Finals. We're running around shouting, "Foul," while the Yanks, whose combs mysteriously do not wilt, do not melt, just carry on styling. No prizes for guessing who took the medals that year.
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Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »

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Lovely Day
Written and Composed by Bill Withers / Skip Scarborough
Published by Unichappell Music Inc/Golden Withers Music / Chelsea Music Publishing Co Ltd
By kind permission of Warner / Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Bill Withers
Courtesy of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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You'll laugh and cry
5 August 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

My wife had me convinced for a long time that I had seen this movie, but last night after I had searched for over 40 min for something to rent I took the risk and rented this movie. And of course I was right – I hadn't seen it! This is not a film one will forget having seen. As so often before the British are the strongest in character building, with every role filled with good actors and every detail and dialog driven to perfection. You might say that the story line is predictable, not to mention if you see "the making of" beforehand, which more or less tells you every detail of the story! Blow dry is one of these beautiful films that make you laugh and cry at the same time. You disappear into the film, becoming one with the characters and their lives. It has similarities to Brassed Off, both in scenery and storyline, but manages to stay original and unique. I loved it 9/10


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